name-dropping

noun

name-drop·​ping ˈnām-ˌdrä-piŋ How to pronounce name-dropping (audio)
: the studied but seemingly casual mention of prominent persons as associates done to impress others
name-drop intransitive verb
name-dropper noun

Examples of name-dropping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not happen is nothing more than a transparent attempt to garner headlines. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 George does some name-dropping throughout his book, including other members of the Jackson family. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 His indiscriminate name-dropping of events that are entirely fictional and never occurred is a transparent effort to grab attention. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 27 Feb. 2024 Laboriously, Amistad sinks to courtroom histrionics and showy, historical name-dropping. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 There’s a certain kind of theater parody made by theater people, where the characters are either provincial rubes or name-dropping, Olivier-quoting grandees of their local scene, and theater is made out to be a kind of small-town cult for the flamboyantly uncool. Vulture Staff, Vulture, 20 Oct. 2023 For all the over-the-top luxury—the $26 million Brentwood home, the high-fashion name-dropping that clutters her social media feeds—there’s something appealingly low-key about her. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, 15 Aug. 2023 More:'Jeopardy!' champ and St. Norbert prof talks representing Green Bay, name-dropping Aaron Rodgers, raising the roof What does Ben Chan plan to do with his winnings? Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2023 After McNeil introduced Hough to Danny Fields, a rock ‘n’ roll legend who managed the Stooges and the Ramones, Fields did some name-dropping of his own. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of name-dropping was in 1945

Dictionary Entries Near name-dropping

Cite this Entry

“Name-dropping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/name-dropping. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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