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showboat

noun show·boat \ ˈshō-ˌbōt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of showboat

1 : a river steamship containing a theater and carrying a troupe of actors to give plays at river communities
2 : one who tries to attract attention by conspicuous behavior

Examples of showboat in a Sentence

  1. The fans like him, but the other players think he's a showboat.

Recent Examples of showboat from the Web

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First Known Use of showboat

1839


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showboat

verb

Definition of showboat

intransitive verb
: to behave in a conspicuous or ostentatious manner : show off

showboater

noun

Examples of showboat in a Sentence

  1. She was showboating for the cameras when she tripped and fell.

  2. the gymnast was showboating for the cameras when she lost her balance and fell

Recent Examples of showboat from the Web

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First Known Use of showboat

1937


SHOWBOAT Defined for English Language Learners

showboat

noun

Definition of showboat for English Language Learners

  • : a large boat that has a theater and a group of performers and that gives plays at towns and cities along a river

  • : a person (such as an athlete) who behaves or performs in a way that is meant to attract the attention of a lot of people


showboat

verb

Definition of showboat for English Language Learners

  • : to behave or perform in a way that is meant to attract the attention of a lot of people


SHOWBOAT Defined for Kids

showboat

noun show·boat \ ˈshō-ˌbōt \

Definition of showboat for Students

: a river steamboat used as a traveling theater


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