self-conscious

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Etymology[edit]

self- +‎ conscious

Adjective[edit]

self-conscious (comparative more self-conscious, superlative most self-conscious)

  1. Aware of oneself as an individual being.
  2. Uncomfortably over-conscious of one's appearance or behaviour.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter IX”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. []
  3. Socially ill at ease.

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