scene-steal·​er ˈsēn-ˌstē-lər How to pronounce scene-stealer (audio)
: an actor who attracts attention when another is intended to be the center of attention

Examples of scene-stealer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jones, a scene-stealer in supporting roles for years, gives a tour de force lead performance that toggles between unsettling, yearning and tender. Jen Yamato, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 As the perfect backup for unsure Missy, Mona is a true scene-stealer. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 6 Mar. 2024 But the real scene-stealer is the adorable orange tabby cat named Ulysses that Llewyn carries around New York City (even if the filming experience wore down the Coens). Janey Tracey,, 29 Feb. 2024 Keery, who was a scene-stealer in the latest season of Fargo last fall, re-joined the Stranger Things crew in January as production on season 5 began; by the time filming wraps, Keery will likely have the first Hot 100 hit of his career. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2024 Like Brooks, Randolph got her start in theater and has been a scene-stealer in numerous films and TV shows. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, and Sarah Snook all won Emmys for their performances, while scene-stealer Matthew Macfadyen won two. Keith Langston,, 16 Jan. 2024 The culprit, Asher suspects, is an underprivileged girl named Nala (played by Somali American actress and adorable scene-stealer Hikmah Warsame), who may or may not have mystical abilities. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 Christopher Walken and John Turturro are scene-stealers. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scene-stealer was in 1932

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“Scene-stealer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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: an actor who draws attention though he or she is not intended to be the center of attraction

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