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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So why would a Korean pop icon be so brazen in showing off anti-Japan sentiment? Alex Ward, Vox, "BTS, world’s biggest K-pop band, was dropped from Japanese TV over a nuclear bomb T-shirt," 9 Nov. 2018 Lourdes has repeatedly broken beauty stereotypes by proudly showing off her body hair, even if it's meant facing trolls on social media. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Showed Off Leg and Armpit Hair at the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Anniversary Event," 7 Nov. 2018 After showing off his impressive Southern vocals, Buck dedicated his performance to his friend from the military who committed suicide. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Mikele Buck's Elimination From 'The Voice' Sparks Controversy: 'I'm Truly Shocked'," 23 Oct. 2018 Efforts to build the U.S.-China military relationship by showing off American capabilities have been exploited by the Chinese. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "U.S. Edges Toward New Cold-War Era With China," 13 Oct. 2018 This lamp, available at Design Within Reach and created by designer Max Gunawan, is perfect for showing off your love of literature. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Folding Book Lamp Puts The "Lit" In "Literary"," 17 Sep. 2018 Simply integrating one assistant with another appears to have taken a surprising amount of work—a full year, with Microsoft showing off the latest integration at this year’s Build conference. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Microsoft and Amazon integrate the two assistants," 15 Aug. 2018 Before flaunting her swimwear on vacation, the model made headlines for showing off her new engagement ring—topless. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Instagrammed Her Nip Slip at Dinner Because Why Not," 14 Aug. 2018 In a post shared on his Instagram Stories on Friday (July 13), Justin showed off the pair's latest twinning moment. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 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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More Definitions for show-off

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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