Meaning of SELF in English

/ self; NAmE / noun ( pl. selves / selvz; NAmE /)


[ C , usually sing. ] the type of person you are, especially the way you normally behave, look or feel :

You'll soon be feeling your old self again (= feeling well or happy again) .

He's not his usual happy self this morning.

Only with a few people could she be her real self (= show what she was really like rather than what she pretended to be) .

his private / professional self (= how he behaves at home / work)


[ U ] (also the self [ sing. ]) ( formal ) a person's personality or character that makes them different from other people :

Many people living in institutions have lost their sense of self (= the feeling that they are individual people) .

the inner self (= a person's emotional and spiritual character)

a lack of confidence in the self


[ U ] ( formal ) your own advantage or pleasure rather than that of other people :

She didn't do it for any reason of self.


[ C ] used to refer to a person :

You didn't hurt your little self, did you?

We look forward to seeing Mrs Brown and your good self this evening.


see former



Old English , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zelf and German selbe . Early use was emphatic, expressing the sense (I) myself , (he) himself , etc.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.