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self-conscious

adjective
     
self-conscious
1 worried and embarrassed about what you look like or what other people think of you
self-conscious about
Jerry's pretty self-conscious about his weight.
2A self-conscious art, writing etc shows that the artist etc is paying too much attention to how the public will react to their work
self-consciously adverb:
The boys posed rather self-consciously for the photo.
self-consciousness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: shy WORD FOCUS: shy
similar words: timid, self-conscious, reserved, withdrawn, introverted


See also
shy

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