show-off

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

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 How to pronounce show-offy (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

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Though Lawrence is partial to a volumized set of disco curls, previously showing off her affinity for the beachy texture on red carpets and sidewalks alike, her latest lightly tousled waves were finished with a distinctly bridal polish. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes the Bridal Blowout for a Spin in New York," 7 Feb. 2019 Hailey wore her pastel hair in a stick-straight style, with a few strands tucked behind her ears, showing off her trendy gold hoops. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Steps Out With Light Pink Hair," 13 Jan. 2019 But here’s consumer goods company Procter & Gamble at CES 2019, showing off heated razors and a toothbrush that uses artificial intelligence. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "CES 2019: Some TVs disappear, others quadruple screen resolution," 7 Jan. 2019 Players still wanting to show off their bare arms may rub Vaseline on their arms to ward off the wind, while others will spray Right Guard to make sure the body doesn’t perspire—keeping skin dry and, therefore, warmer. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Kim said in an Instagram video showing off the treats. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Shared the Sweetest Family Photos from Saint's Birthday Party," 12 Dec. 2018 In the past few weeks since reigniting their romance, Bieber and Baldwin have been showing off their romance all over the Big Apple. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Bieber Confirms Engagement to Hailey Baldwin: 'My Heart Is Completely and Fully Yours'," 9 July 2018 To the extent the Russian government wanted to show off a sunnier, more welcoming side to their country, the World Cup has been a success to this point. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The World Cup of Chaos: Looking Back on a Group Stage for the Ages," 29 June 2018 If these shows are any indication, Spicer may have some luck in getting the show off the ground. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Now Sean Spicer Wants to Be a Talk Show Host," 26 June 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

informal + disapproving : 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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