show-off

noun, often attributive \ ˈshō-ˌȯf \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of show-off

1 :the act of showing off
2 :one that shows off :exhibitionist

show-offy

play \ˈshō-ˌȯ-fē\ adjective

First Known Use of show-off

1776


show off

verb

Definition of show off

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

Examples of show off in a Sentence

  1. the athletes warmed up, happily showing off for the crowd before the match officially started

  2. she just wants to show off her new jewelry

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First Known Use of show off

1750


SHOW-OFF Defined for English Language Learners

show-off

noun

Definition of show-off for English Language Learners

  • : a person who tries to impress other people with his or her abilities or possessions


SHOW-OFF Defined for Kids

show-off

noun \ ˈshō-ˌȯf \

Definition of show-off for Students

:a person who tries to impress other people with his or her abilities or possessions

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