Having, or behaving as if having, too high an opinion of ones own importance.

The assistant manager was a self-important fellow who strutted about the office barking instructions.

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  • self-important — having or showing an exaggerated estimation of one s own importance, 1775, from SELF (Cf. self) + IMPORTANT (Cf. important) …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-important — self im portant adj behaving in a way that shows you think you are more important than other people used to show disapproval ▪ a self important, pompous little man >self importance n [U] >self importantly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-important — [self′im pôrt′ nt] adj. having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one s own importance; pompous or officious self importance n …   English World dictionary

  • Self-important — Self im*por tant, a. Having or manifesting an exaggerated idea of one s own importance or merit. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-important — self importance ► NOUN ▪ an exaggerated sense of one s own value or importance. DERIVATIVES self important adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • self-important — index consequential (substantial), inflated (vain), orgulous, pretentious (pompous), proud ( …   Law dictionary

  • self-important — [adj] conceited arrogant, bigheaded*, cocky, egotistical, full of hot air*, immodest, know it all, overbearing, pompous, puffed up*, smug, stuck up*, swollen headed*, vain, vainglorious; concept 404 …   New thesaurus

  • self-important — ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is self important, you disapprove of them because they behave as if they are more important than they really are. He was self important, vain and ignorant. ...self important officials. Syn: pompous …   English dictionary

  • self-important — adjective behaving in a way that shows you think you are more important than other people: a self important, pompous little man self importantly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-important — adjective why, you self important little toad! Syn: conceited, arrogant, bumptious, full of oneself, puffed up, pompous, overbearing, opinionated, cocky, presumptuous, sententious, vain, overweening, proud, egotistical; informal snooty, uppity,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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