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 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 At least the Golden Lions can show off a 33-30 win on the road over 5-1 Southern. Charles Hollis, al, "Unbeaten Alabama A&M faces first legit test in SWAC title game vs. UAPB," 30 Apr. 2021 Rob Gronkowski can now show off a Guinness World Record with his four Super Bowl rings. Glenn Garner,, "Rob Gronkowski Sets Guinness World Record After Catching a 600-Foot Pass from a Helicopter," 25 Apr. 2021 The reality star took to Instagram on Saturday (April 17) to show off a grand floral arrangement that included an intricate hanging installation, giving Barker credit with a tag on the Instagram Story. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Kourtney Kardashian Shows Off a Romantic Birthday Gift From Travis Barker," 17 Apr. 2021 Unlike many concert pianists these days, Emanuel Ax doesn’t show off. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Emanuel Ax shows why he’s a rare breed among concert pianists in Dallas Symphony programs," 16 Apr. 2021 On Saturday afternoon, Joe took to his Instagram Story to show off his impressive abs (and pecs...and arms...and just entire upper body) in a shirtless selfie. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shares a Sexy, Shirtless Picture of Husband Joe Jonas on Instagram," 21 Mar. 2021 Some of the nominees took to the red carpet to show off some over-the-top looks. New York Times, "2021 Grammys Winners: The Full List," 14 Mar. 2021 Yesterday, the singer, actress, and JLo Beauty founder took to Instagram to show off her insanely enviable physique. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Poses in a Super High-Cut White Swimsuit for a Sultry "Self-Care Sunday"," 1 Mar. 2021 The curtains have been taken off the windows to let in light and show off the view of Lake Butler. Dallas News, "After 3 years on the market, Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando mansion gets a makeover — with less Shaq," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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“Show-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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