- Aware of oneself as an individual being.
- Uncomfortably over-conscious of one's appearance or behaviour.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. […]”
- Socially ill at ease.
aware of oneself as an individual being
uncomfortably over-conscious of one's appearance or behaviour