Definition of self-conscious adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    self-conscious

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  1. 1self-conscious (about something) nervous or embarrassed about your appearance or what other people think of you He's always been self-conscious about being so short. She was a shy, self-conscious girl.
  2. 2(often disapproving) done in a way that shows you are aware of the effect that is being produced The humor of the play is self-conscious and contrived. opposite unselfconscious
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adverb She was self-consciously aware of his stare.
self-consciousness
 
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noun [uncountable]
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