Reuben is a self-styled private investigator with no experience or formal training.
The definition of self-styled refers to a description that you give to yourself or a claim you make about yourself.
An example of self-styled is when you declare yourself a computer expert.
considered and called (something specified) only by the individual himself or herself; alleged (to be such) only by the person concerned; pretended; professed: a self-styled expert
As characterized by oneself, often without right or justification: “poets, real or self-styled” ( Constantine Fitzgibbon ) See Usage Note at so-called.
- Claimed by the recipient, as a title one given to oneself.
- This self-styled king of the hill must prove himself before the title has any worth.
self- +"Ž styled