noun, often attributive
\ˈshō-ˌȯf \

Definition of show-off 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of showing off

2 : one that shows off : exhibitionist

show off


Definition of show off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to display proudly wanted to show our new car off

intransitive verb

: to seek to attract attention by conspicuous behavior boys showing off for the girls

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Other Words from show-off


show-offy \ˈshō-​ˌȯ-​fē \ adjective

Examples of show-off in a Sentence


the athletes warmed up, happily showing off for the crowd before the match officially started she just wants to show off her new jewelry

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As the little girl showed off her beautiful sundress, the pregnant Duchess looked elated to be greeted by such a cute well-wisher. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Met the Sweetest Little Girl on the Final Day of the Royal Tour," 31 Oct. 2018 One of the stars stuck to the bottom of a show, allowing him to show off his red soles. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "'Black-ish' actress Jenifer Lewis dons Nike sweatshirt at Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 One of the stars stuck to the bottom of a show, allowing him to show off his red soles. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Emmys: Jenifer Lewis stands with Nike with studded swoosh," 17 Sep. 2018 On Wednesday, Young noted that during last year’s summer league games, Bolden showed off his ability to defend and stretch the floor. Sarah Todd,, "Sixers' summer league preview: Which players could stand out in Las Vegas?," 5 July 2018 Despite the hot weather, fans loved the concert and seemed to have fun showing off their clever signs and outfits and checking seeing Taylor live off their bucket lists. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Taylor Swift kissed a dog and dodged a bird. And her Louisville fans loved it," 1 July 2018 This wasn’t just like Odell Beckham Jr. showing off his hops by dunking in an Instagram video. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "44-year-old Terrell Owens threw down poster dunk in high school alumni game," 30 June 2018 In a video post on Williams’ Instagram account, Williams appears to be showing off stacks of cash with two other men. Brett Clarkson,, "XXXTentacion murder suspect was previously held in gun and drug cases," 29 June 2018 Fortunately for Alpine staff, the Deadheads are a mellow bunch, with one patiently chomping on baby carrots and another wee Deadhead showing off her Hula-Hoop skills. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopened Alpine Valley Music Theatre splendid sight for splendid sounds of Dead & Company," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of show-off


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of show-off was in 1750

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English Language Learners Definition of show-off

: a person who tries to impress other people with his or her abilities or possessions



Kids Definition of show-off

: a person who tries to impress other people with his or her abilities or possessions

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