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


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

Stylist Kate Young shared a video of Gomez before the red carpet, showing off her sparkling Bulgari necklace, ring, and earrings (and making good use of the KiraKira app). Glamour, "Selena Gomez Went Full Glam For Her Cannes Film Festival Debut," 14 May 2019 Holding his mask, Ezra posed for photographs, showing off his truly mesmerizing makeup and a white manicure. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ezra Miller Wore Multiple Sets of Eyes for His Met Gala 2019 Makeup," 7 May 2019 And another kind of stress relief was achieved by model Sophia Ahrens, who practiced Muay Thai, showing off a powerful kick. Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Iris Law, Missy Elliott, and More," 5 May 2019 In the same aforementioned post, which is a slideshow of three short video clips, Graham reveals the collection and gets candid in a super-cute tutorial showing off how the products actually look on lips. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Ashley Graham‘s Latest Makeup Collab With Revlon Is Coming to Amazon, and It’s So Affordable," 11 Apr. 2019 While the New Jersey native is mostly known for her biting humor, Good Girls presents a different side of the actress, allowing her to show off her dramatic chops and giving audiences an entirely new appreciation for her talent. Kellee Terrell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Retta Wants Hollywood to Know She's Ready to Play the Femme Fatale," 11 Apr. 2019 Advertising Wagner tied it at 1 at 16:05, showing off his speed by racing past Blackhawks defensemen Carl Dahlstrom and Connor Murphy for a breakaway and burying a wrist shot into the top netting. Dan Greenspan, The Seattle Times, "Kings beat Blackhawks 3-2 on Doughty’s power-play goal in OT," 31 Mar. 2019 The simple, dark dress seemed to have been chose in part to show off the red poppy of remembrance that was pinned to it. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore an Olive Green Shirtdress to the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony," 27 Oct. 2018 Sitting on a wooden walkway overlooking crystal blue waters, Bieber showed off the back of his rainbow tie-dye T-shirt, which features a conspicuous, black hole-style circle in the center, above which the Fear of God logo is spelled out. Vogue, "Justin Bieber’s New Shirt Is Literally Out of This World," 29 Apr. 2019

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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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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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