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

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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-offy (audio) \ 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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As one of the three judges, Simon made faces when Susan revealed her age (47 at the time) and showed off her dance moves, and cynically asked her about her goals as a singer. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Simon Cowell Admits to His "Disgusting" Past After Susan Boyle's 'AGT' Performance," 12 Feb. 2019 The house has a series of sliding panels, beginning with the entryway where a wall opens and closes to disguise or show off the home’s central courtyard. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modern house shape shifts in Oregon’s high desert," 27 Aug. 2018 Giles showed off some of his interior scoring moves, facing up and backing down opponents. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The race for the Kings' two-way contracts and camp invites is heating up," 10 July 2018 Russia showed off a unique World Cup mascot Thursday. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Watch: Russian bear plays vuvuzuela while celebrating World Cup win," 15 June 2018 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently showed off its practicality with a late-night DIY nail job while on a moving Amtrak train. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 5-Minute Manicure That Counts Fans From Jennifer Lopez to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 29 Mar. 2019 The students then showed off their leggings on social media. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Mother Thinks Women at the University of Notre Dame Should Stop Wearing Leggings," 28 Mar. 2019 To ease the rendering compute load, NGCodec showed off an FPGA board that compressed the streamed VR data in real time. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 Hadid was showing off an amazing leopard puffer while Shahadi Wright Joseph and Sofia Carson were giving us off the shoulder jacket vibes. Teen Vogue, "Nico Parker, Sofia Carson and Every Other Amazing Celebrity Outfit This Week," 22 Mar. 2019

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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

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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