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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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