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-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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Chefs know that despite (or because of) its surface simplicity, a bouillon or soup course in a tasting menu is an opportunity to really show off. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 Justin Fields touchdown pass to Jeremy Ruckert The next time Ohio State’s offense took the field, Fields got a chance to show off his arm with a 25-yard pass to tight end Jeremy Ruckert. Stephen Means,, "Ohio State 45, Florida Atlantic 21: Six plays that defined the game," 31 Aug. 2019 The tour, which returns after a one-year hiatus, is the main fund raiser for the organization and a chance to show off the floating homes lifestyle. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Sausalito contractor takes his floating home ‘by storm’ to build his dream," 31 Aug. 2019 Baseball talks about connecting with new fans, and giving the players a chance to show off their personalities. Mark Faller, azcentral, "MLB strikes out with boring, black-and-white Players Weekend uniforms," 24 Aug. 2019 Lloyd, a member of the U.S. team that captured the 2019 World Cup in July, got a chance to show off her strong leg by nailing 40- and 55-yard field goals after the practice., "Watch: Soccer star Carli Lloyd drills 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles’ practice," 21 Aug. 2019 Whatever happens, at least Ansley got a second chance to show off her incredible talent. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Are VERY Torn About Judge Simon Cowell Bringing Ansley Burns Back in Quarterfinals," 14 Aug. 2019 There are cats showing off Irish, German, French, Egyptian and Indian styles. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Opera, Leopard Prints and Lace. Go Inside the Lavish Cat Fashion Show that Puts Felines on Fashion's Front Lines," 8 Aug. 2019 One more interception to mention Sunday: Tracy Walker showed off his length by coming from the middle of the field to pick off a Savage pass intended for Brandon Powell along the sideline. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions observations: The more training camp reps the merrier for Darius Slay," 4 Aug. 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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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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