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

adj 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
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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