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

Other Words from show-off


show-offy \ ˈshō-​ˌȯ-​fē How to pronounce show-off (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 actor gets to show off a flair for physical comedy, whether Burt is passing out mid-sentence from experimental pain-killer doses or struggling to keep his eyes moving in the same direction. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Sep. 2022 In downtown Salt Lake City and up at Deer Valley, Utah brewers show off their craft. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 Well, the rapper did show off some gorgeous feathers in her latest onstage look, a Carnival costume to rival the best of Brazil. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 12 Sep. 2022 But this was Alcaraz’s time to shine, his turn to show off the speed and stamina, the skill and sangfroid, of a champion. Howard Fendrich, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 In addition to the Pixel 7, Google will also show off the Pixel Watch. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 Sep. 2022 The strongly fragrant pink semi-double flowers show off yellow stamens. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 Along with the view of Jupiter proper, the planet’s four largest moons—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto—will show off their icy surfaces. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2022 In the photo: Northwell Health employees show off well-being kits gifted to them last summer. Diane Herbst, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Kids Definition of show-off

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


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