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1showboat

noun show·boat \ˈshō-ˌbōt\

: a large boat that has a theater and a group of performers and that gives plays at towns and cities along a river

: a person (such as an athlete) who behaves or performs in a way that is meant to attract the attention of a lot of people

Full Definition of SHOWBOAT

1
:  a river steamship containing a theater and carrying a troupe of actors to give plays at river communities
2
:  one who tries to attract attention by conspicuous behavior

Examples of SHOWBOAT

  1. The fans like him, but the other players think he's a showboat.

First Known Use of SHOWBOAT

1869

2showboat

intransitive verb

: to behave or perform in a way that is meant to attract the attention of a lot of people

Full Definition of SHOWBOAT

:  to behave in a conspicuous or ostentatious manner :  show off
show·boat·er noun

Examples of SHOWBOAT

  1. She was showboating for the cameras when she tripped and fell.
  2. <the gymnast was showboating for the cameras when she lost her balance and fell>

First Known Use of SHOWBOAT

1951

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