Meaning of self-own in English:


Pronunciation /sɛlfˈəʊn/


  • An act by which one unintentionally embarrasses oneself or harms one's own interests.

    • ‘this was a remarkable self-own by a news organization whose credibility was already under assault’
    • ‘His supporters identifying with Nazis is the greatest self-own I've seen in a while.’
    • ‘The columnist called the tweet a "tremendously bad self-own."’
    • ‘The Secretary of Education tweeted a bizarre self-own about Michigan's public schools.’
    • ‘A critic described the book as "a 160-page self-own."’
    • ‘ I like to keep it real and I'm not afraid of a good self-own.’


[no object] informal
  • also self-own oneselfUnintentionally embarrass oneself or harm one's own interests.

    • ‘they don’t have enough awareness to realize they were self-owning’
    • ‘he has an uncanny knack for self-owning himself on social media’
    • ‘It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the mayor's office is self-owning on Twitter again.’
    • ‘The party continues to self-own at a level unprecedented in modern politics.’
    • ‘He is a man-baby who deletes his tweets when he self-owns.’
    • ‘No group self-owns quite like them.’
    • ‘Sometimes I think you want to self-own.’
    • ‘I love that the thing he is best known for is his incredible ability to self-own on a daily basis.’
    • ‘Nobody self-owns like these guys.’
    • ‘I am beginning to greatly respect them for their seemingly unlimited creativity in finding new ways to self-own.’
    • ‘The site's greatest feature is it gives condescending tools endless opportunities to self-own.’
    • ‘Do you think she gets why this comment is self-owning?’


Early 21st century from self + own (sense 3 of the verb).