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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High Life will feature a 21+ cannabis garden where consumers can bring their own and where vendors can show off products and tools without sales. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Chalice Festival Sues Bureau of Cannabis Control as Weed-Centric Events Battle With Legalization," 13 July 2018 Contestants are sent home after various rounds in which they are asked to make a first impression, show off their beach body and answer personal questions. Tracy Swartz,, "Actress and sales rep from Chicago find love quickly on ABC's 'The Proposal'," 11 July 2018 Jenner, 20, posted a video on Snapchat showing off her short hairstyle while sporting the smaller, natural-looking lips. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Kylie Jenner reveals on Instagram she removed lip filler," 10 July 2018 The makeup mogul took Snapchat to show off the products themselves (with some highlights on Instagram stories as well): three super glitter glosses, two liquid lipsticks, an eyeshadow palette, and five matte lipsticks. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Reveals Kylie Cosmetics “Summer” Collection," 9 July 2018 Kids snapped photos around the village, proudly showing off their sweet treats from the sea. Anchorage Daily News, "Kivalina enjoys rare beluga whale harvest," 7 July 2018 Almost a week after the huge news, James is back on his Instagram Story to show off his current gorgeous view while wearing a USA Christian Pulisic jersey. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Lakers’ LeBron shows off another beautiful vacation spot: ‘Sorry not sorry’," 6 July 2018 Concept videos and images of Courier leaked, showing off a dual-screen device with support for inking and touch. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years," 2 July 2018 On a scale from a single sparkler to a fireworks grand finale, decorating for Independence Day is a democratic process that allows us to show off a little flair, or a lot. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "Yankee Doodle decorating: Festive Fourth of July tablescapes," 29 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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