worried and embarrassed about what you look like or what other people think of you
Jerry's pretty self-conscious about his weight.
self-conscious art, writing etc shows that the artist etc is paying too much attention to how the public will react to their work
The boys posed rather self-consciously for the photo.
—self-consciousness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: shy
similar words: timid, self-conscious, reserved, withdrawn, introverted
➔ See also shy