thinking only about yourself and not about what other people need or want synonym selfish Young children are usually egocentric because they haven’t learnt other forms of behaviour. See related entries: Selfish Word Origin early 20th cent.: from ego, on the pattern of words such as geocentric.Extra examples I find her very egocentric. his view of human nature as completely egocentric. He was a supremely egocentric man. In the film he appears egocentric and opinionated.