show-off

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

verb

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

Noun

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 Academy snubbed Cooper in the directing category this year, but that didn't stop him from showing off his artistic vision at the ceremony. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Why Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance Was Filmed from Behind the Piano," 27 Feb. 2019 His bride-to-be announced the news on her Instagram by showing off her stunning engagement ring. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley and His Wife Chrishell Have the Best Love Story," 19 Feb. 2019 Willow Smith got up close and personal with a coral-red pout whilst showing off a bare face; light bouncing off of her gaze. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Jorja Smith, Candice Swanepoel, and More," 17 Feb. 2019 Of course, Meghan Markle's visit wasn't just about showing off her excellent maternity style. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore a $35 Maternity Dress—and It's Still Available to Buy," 16 Jan. 2019 Though Lawrence is partial to a volumized set of disco curls, previously showing off her affinity for the beachy texture on red carpets and sidewalks alike, her latest lightly tousled waves were finished with a distinctly bridal polish. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes the Bridal Blowout for a Spin in New York," 7 Feb. 2019 Hailey wore her pastel hair in a stick-straight style, with a few strands tucked behind her ears, showing off her trendy gold hoops. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Steps Out With Light Pink Hair," 13 Jan. 2019 But here’s consumer goods company Procter & Gamble at CES 2019, showing off heated razors and a toothbrush that uses artificial intelligence. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "CES 2019: Some TVs disappear, others quadruple screen resolution," 7 Jan. 2019 Players still wanting to show off their bare arms may rub Vaseline on their arms to ward off the wind, while others will spray Right Guard to make sure the body doesn’t perspire—keeping skin dry and, therefore, warmer. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of show-off

Noun

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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show-off

noun

English Language Learners Definition of show-off

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

show-off

noun
\ ˈshō-ˌȯf\

Kids Definition of show-off

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

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