noun, often attributive
\ ˈshō-ˌȯf How to pronounce show-off (audio) \

Definition of show-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of showing off
2 : one that shows off : exhibitionist

show off

showed off; shown off or showed off; showing off; shows 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 How to pronounce show-offy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of show-off in a Sentence

Verb the athletes warmed up, happily showing off for the crowd before the match officially started she just wants to show off her new jewelry
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The concept could be used to automatically create basic games like Pac-Man or a version of the Marbles RTX demo Nvidia showed off at GTC 2020, Lebaredian said. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "For Pac-Man's 40th birthday, Nvidia uses AI to make new levels," 22 May 2020 Though Harry and Meghan have yet to confirm the rumors, or show off any real details of the house themselves, a look at Perry’s social media accounts gives everyone a little glimpse at the lavish luxury the former royals are now living in. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "See Inside the Stunning LA Home Harry and Meghan Are Reportedly Living in Rent-free," 21 May 2020 The rapper posted an Instagram story on Tuesday showing off a new piece of body art. Aimee Simeon,, "Cardi B Just Revealed A New Back Tattoo — & It’s Huge," 21 May 2020 The beloved 74-year-old actress posted a new video showing off her moves while bouncing around and dancing on her mini trampoline. Ale Russian,, "Goldie Hawn Dances to Dua Lipa on Her Mini Trampoline: 'Twirl Like No One's Watching'," 14 May 2020 The couple will give a taste of life in the centuries-old home, tell tales of past inhabitants, and show off some ways for drinking their own brand of gin. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Real Downton Abbey Owners Are Hosting Another Virtual Cocktail Hour… Tomorrow!," 30 Apr. 2020 The players would spend afternoons inside their clubhouse overlooking Pikes Peak, snacking on popcorn and celery sticks and showing off photos of their grandchildren while playing hand after hand. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Bridge Was Their Passion. Then People Started to Die.," 29 Apr. 2020 McEnany was referring to Pelosi joining James Corden on his late-night show earlier in April and showing off how much ice cream was in her freezer in addition to wondering how Trump’s base could still support him after his response to the pandemic. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Kayleigh McEnany: Pelosi 'won’t lay off the ice cream, but she’s just fine with laying off America's workers'," 27 Apr. 2020 Sometimes, a seller will wear freakish medical gloves, poking, prodding, and showing off interiors like a gynecologist or a serial killer. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "An Ode to eBay, the Original Resale Site," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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“Show-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of show-off

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


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Kids Definition of show-off

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

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