show-off

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

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 \ 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

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Any shoe, really, because the slit is great for showing off your footwear. Amy Hou, Glamour, "The Black Leggings I Never Hesitate to Wear As Pants," 4 Dec. 2018 Some of the pics are really cute, like the ones showing off a smiling Sabrina and Susie, who's dressed like Santa's elf. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Holiday Special," 5 Dec. 2018 The campaign images accompanying the launch portray the naked bodies of other women (not just the dimension-defying curves Kardashian herself), showing off their stretch marks, cellulite, and rolls. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Is Launching Two Brand-New KKW Body Fragrances," 1 Nov. 2018 Okay, full disclosure: The above is a blatant generalization based on a handful of signs Aussies and Kiwis have shown off over the last couple of weeks during the royal tour. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Australians and New Zealanders Are Using Signs With 'Suits' Puns to Get Meghan Markle's Attention," 28 Oct. 2018 Lily hit the red carpet at the InStyle awards on Tuesday night showing off some heavily winged liner with a teeny, tiny stripe taken out of it. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Get a Negative Space Cat Eye Like Lily Collins," 24 Oct. 2018 In place of the runways or art exhibits typically set up in the Skylight Modern, Uber set up a giant phone screen showing off its emergency alert system in one corner. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber’s sleek new product? Your safety.," 6 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Chloe, 10, didn't miss the opportunity to show off her fabulous dress to the duchess. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had an Emotional Day Meeting Kids With Serious Health Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 This over-the-top espionage thriller gives her a chance to show off the humor, intelligence and fast emotional shifts that earned her five supporting nominations (but no win) back in the days of Grey’s. Tom Gilatto, PEOPLE.com, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018

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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

: 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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