name-dropping

noun name-drop·ping \ ˈnām-ˌdrä-piŋ \

Definition of name-dropping

: the studied but seemingly casual mention of prominent persons as associates done to impress others

name-drop

play \ˈnām-ˌdräp\ intransitive verb

name-dropper

play \ˈnām-ˌdrä-pər\ noun

First Known Use of name-dropping

1945

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NAME-DROPPING Defined for English Language Learners

name-dropping

Definition of name-dropping for English Language Learners

  • : the act of trying to impress someone by saying the names of well-known people that you know or have met


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