Full Of Yourself

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Meaning of Idiom 'Full of Yourself' (or oneself)

To be full of yourself is to be pompous, self-centered, arrogant, conceited, etc.; to have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and to think you are special; to have an inflated opinion of yourself.


This expression is entirely negative and when we use it it is because we are annoyed by the person to whom it is applied.

"You are so full of yourself! said Margie to Kirk.

"Derrick is so full of himself it is a wonder that anyone can stand to be around him."

"Ever since Mark was promoted to manager he's been so full of himself. He's become unbearable!"


This idiom has been in use since around 1600. It uses "full of" in the same way as similar phrases such as "full of anger" or "full of life," meaning to be completely consumed and engrossed by something. 1

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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