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self-important Line breaks: self-import¦ant
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfɪmˈpɔːt(ə)nt/

Definition of self-important in English:


Having an exaggerated sense of one’s own value or importance: a self-important bureaucrat
More example sentences
  • The sobriety of the streets is relieved by bridges with self-important towers or slightly pompous lions and griffins with gilded wings.
  • As if concerned that his rants may appear too smug or self-important, he tempers them with spoonfuls of self-loathing.
  • It was funny that two former fashion victims now find their former world overbearing and self-important.
conceited, arrogant, bumptious, self-assertive, full of oneself, puffed up, swollen-headed, pompous, overbearing, (self-)opinionated, cocky, swaggering, strutting, presumptuous, forward, imperious, domineering, magisterial, pontifical, sententious, grandiose, vain, haughty, overweening, proud, egotistic, egotistical;
supercilious, condescending, patronizing
informal snooty, uppity, uppish


Example sentences
  • I think that he is a conventionally PC - and self-importantly ascetic - clergyman.
  • Young peacocks, whose train is only half grown, strut self-importantly around a bevy of shawl-clad females, who ignore them totally.
  • On practically every flight these days you'll encounter cell-phone maniacs, barking self-importantly into their little chunks of plastic.
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