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

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 Jonah Stein exited the vaccination clinic in his father’s arms Tuesday afternoon, proud to show off his Band-Aid. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Bachvarov, keen to show off the beauty of the area, took us on a hike to visit the 19th-century Chapel of St. Ilya perched on the mountainside. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022 Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jameson Williams used the 2022 NFL Draft to show off Hartline’s ability to develop talent. Stephen Means, cleveland, 15 June 2022 The Elotitos menu was inspired by Mexican street corn, and was designed to show off vegetable’s versatility. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2022 A day when Emily Ratajkowski steps out to show off her signature off-duty style is a good day for celebrity street style. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 June 2022 Polestar is ready to show off the next step in its evolution. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 June 2022 Using prints from independent design studios and furniture in bold silhouettes, Henley pulled together a scheme that her client is delighted to show off. Marni Elyse Katz,, 3 June 2022 The beauty of this event is that everyone is invited to show off their vehicles and enjoy the setting and the camaraderie of fellow automotive lovers. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2022 See More

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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 1 Jul. 2022.

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\ 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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