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blueazure
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:32:31 AM
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I once knew an adjective word for a person who likes to monopolize something only for himself/herself that is meant for share, but now I can't remember that one word. The word seems like egoistic or individualistic, but it's more specific than that.

For example, in an office there is free facility or equipment ( like iPad, telephone, car, or photocopy machine) for any employee to use.
But somehow, one individual always manages to occupy such facility only for himself/herself and seemingly keeps that thing to his/her possession, causing others difficult to use it. If there is a new offer for shared facility, she/he always jumps first to take the chance.
What is the precise English adjective for this attitude?
Thanks in advance.

Stella.

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:37:46 AM

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Rapacious?
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Selfish?
blueazure
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:13:06 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Rapacious?


Thank you for the help, but it's not the word I'm looking for.
The word is a mix of possessive + stingy + selfish.
Any idea a vocab for that?
blueazure
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:20:20 AM
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tunaafi wrote:
Selfish?


Thanks for the hint.
It's close to that, but not quite specific.
I'm not a native, but I'm sure there is a word to describe such behavior.
What adjective do you use when you see a friend who likes to keep shared book for himself/herself, or a person who is likely the first one to keep a mineral botttle for himself during emergency situation?
tunaafi
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:27:42 AM

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blueazure wrote:
What adjective do you use when you see a friend who likes to keep shared book for himself/herself, or a person who is likely the first one to keep a mineral botttle for himself during emergency situation?


I use 'selfish', which is why I suggested it.
Andy Winneries
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I think this kind of behaviour could be defined as "monopolising"
Dennis Folker
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wanton?
pljames
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My friends,
I have straightened out the misunderstanding with joe. I take full responsibility for my actions. I was wrong to jump to conclusions and I apologize. One would think at my age I would misunderstand others misunderstandings. My thread was wrong, I did not think it through and rambled my way thinking I was in the right, I wasn't. I need to grow up. Paul
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monopolice algo sólo para él
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Greedy??
joe bloggs
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:43:43 AM
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egocentric, egotistic, egotistical, egomaniacal, self-centred, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-seeking, self-serving, wrapped up in oneself, inward-looking, introverted, self-loving;
inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, uncaring, heedless, unmindful, regardless, insensitive, tactless, uncharitable, unkind;
mean, miserly, grasping, greedy, mercenary, money-grubbing, acquisitive, opportunistic, out for what one can get
informal looking after number one, on the make
[Antonyms] unselfish, selfless, altruistic, considerate, generous
pedro
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hoggish? edacious? acquisitive?
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inconsiderate?
insensitive?
covetous?
callous?
ruthless?
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Self-seeking = seeking only to further one's own interests.

Self-serving = serving one's own interests, especially without concern for the needs or interests of others.
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joe bloggs wrote:
egocentric, egotistic, egotistical,
Is this list your own? if not, please cite your source. Thank you.
blueazure
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:31:23 AM
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tunaafi wrote:
blueazure wrote:
What adjective do you use when you see a friend who likes to keep shared book for himself/herself, or a person who is likely the first one to keep a mineral botttle for himself during emergency situation?


I use 'selfish', which is why I suggested it.


Thanks, but not that.
It's more specific than selfish.I knew the word from Royal Pains series, but can't remember the scene or episode. I'm sure it's not selfish.
blueazure
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:33:12 AM
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Andy Winneries wrote:
I think this kind of behaviour could be defined as "monopolising"


Thanks. The meaning is very similar to monopolising but it's a shorter adjective word.
Perhaps you can figure out the synonym of monopolising?
blueazure
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:33:48 AM
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Dennis Folker wrote:
wanton?


Absolutely not that.
blueazure
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Jozo wrote:
Greedy??


Greedy is too general for definition. Not that.
Thanks for the help, tho.
blueazure
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joe bloggs wrote:
egocentric, egotistic, egotistical, egomaniacal, self-centred, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-seeking, self-serving, wrapped up in oneself, inward-looking, introverted, self-loving;
inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, uncaring, heedless, unmindful, regardless, insensitive, tactless, uncharitable, unkind;
mean, miserly, grasping, greedy, mercenary, money-grubbing, acquisitive, opportunistic, out for what one can get
informal looking after number one, on the make
[Antonyms] unselfish, selfless, altruistic, considerate, generous


Hi Joe, Thanks. I've looked up that list of words before posting this question. Unfortunately, none of the above :(
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:48:03 AM

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There is an idiomatic or slang verb which refers to improper monopolization of a communal asset: to bogart. Haven't heard bogart used in that sense in some time, so it may have become passe.
pjharvey
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:19:20 AM
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Avid? Grabby?
pedro
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:48:44 AM

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if we don't find it soon it will be thrown out of next year's dictionary
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Appropriative ?
IMcRout
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:22:21 AM

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I can't think of an adjective, but 'hoarding' comes to mind for such an attitude.
To 'hoard' does not only mean to stash or accumulate something, but also to keep things 'hidden or private' (TFD), for one's own use only.
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haha, Pedro,
I hope the word is not as easy as 'mean'
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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:56:33 PM
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The guy's a hog.
He's hogging the stuff.
IMcRout
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Major Tom wrote:
The guy's a hog.
He's hogging the stuff.


That's much better than hoarding and probably what was hidden in the back of my mind anyway.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 7:02:14 AM

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Appropriative sounds good word for a hamster who squirrels away things.
thar
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What about a squirrel who hamsters away things? Whistle
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Thank you
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I like 'appropriative' - though it's not a 'nice, simple' word.

I also thought of "dog-in-a-manger" which I've heard used as an adjective.
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Two more terms related to exaggerated self-interest from today's newspaper comics: megalomaniacal and narcissistic.



The caption also makes a play on the term "self-driven".
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