Someone who is selfish cares only about themselves and doesn't consider others. If a ship is sinking and you refuse to let anyone else into your 4-person lifeboat, you're extremely selfish.

Selfish combines the pronoun self-, meaning to or for yourself, with the suffix-ish, for "having the character of." So if your actions are selfish, they all have to do with getting something for yourself, like attention, or candy, or power. Selfish is usually meant to be an insult; someone selfish goes beyond just taking care of themselves, and actively takes from others. The opposite of selfish is self-sacrificing, which means, "giving everything to others and sacrificing your own needs."

Definitions of selfish
  1. adjective
    concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others
    “" Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights"- Maria Weston Chapman”
    egocentric, egoistic, egoistical, self-centered, self-centred
    limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs
    lacking regard for the rights or feelings of others
    stingy, ungenerous
    unwilling to spend
    egotistic, egotistical, narcissistic, self-loving
    characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance
    self-seeking, self-serving
    interested only in yourself
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    disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
    altruistic, selfless
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
    showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
    willing to give and share unstintingly
    showing unselfish interest in the public welfare
    self-denying, self-giving, self-sacrificing
    willing to deprive yourself
    showing lack of self-interest
    unselfishly willing to share with others
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