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

self-conscious

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