name-dropping

noun
name-drop·​ping | \ ˈnām-ˌdrä-piŋ How to pronounce name-dropping (audio) \

Definition of name-dropping

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

Other Words from name-dropping

name-drop \ ˈnām-​ˌdräp How to pronounce name-drop (audio) \ intransitive verb
name-dropper \ ˈnām-​ˌdrä-​pər How to pronounce name-dropper (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of name-dropping

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of name-dropping was in 1945

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“Name-dropping.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/name-dropping?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=n&file=namedr01. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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name-dropping

noun
How to pronounce name-dropping (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of name-dropping

: 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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