showboat

noun
show·​boat | \ ˈshō-ˌbōt How to pronounce showboat (audio) \

Definition of showboat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

showboat

verb
showboated; showboating; showboats

Definition of showboat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from showboat

Verb

showboater noun

Examples of showboat in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She was showboating for the cameras when she tripped and fell. the gymnast was showboating for the cameras when she lost her balance and fell
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Titanium is the showboat, with more safety features and conveniences, starting at $33,715 (front-drive). San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Ford Escape: Last of a generation," 12 Aug. 2019 These rough-hewn showboats of the log drive are put together at the upper end of the river and follow the riverjacks downstream—tying up along the bank each night. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 While the Democratic House anguished over articles of impeachment and wasted time on showboat-y oversight hearings, Trump could lament their obstruction and radicalism. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 Just like the living, ghosts can also be showboats. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018 Yes, Weegee wasn’t only a showboat but a man with an eye for black humor. Sarah Boxer, New York Times, "Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography," 1 June 2018 Built in 1908 by Greenwood businessman and mayor, Stage Marye, the 5,177-square-foot single-family home was designed to resemble the showboats that traversed the Yazoo and the mighty Mississippi. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "For $65,000, This Once-Grand Mississippi Mansion is Now The Ultimate Fixer Upper," 16 Apr. 2018 Congress, in both parties, is increasingly the province of showboats who compensate for their many deficiencies through loud talk, audacious claims and, always, partisan invective. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Our awful Congress," 11 Apr. 2018 His failed showboat dunk from early in the season was reason enough to get some dunking lessons. Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY, "Steph Curry roasted himself after Newton's TD dunk," 5 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are no showboating gestures here, only a bone-deep commitment to showing us the lives of individuals often relegated to the cinematic sidelines, to the extent that the movies even notice them all. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Give Me Liberty’ is a brilliant madcap farce on wheels," 29 Aug. 2019 Representatives at these hearings often showboat, but the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee worked surprisingly well together Wednesday morning. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Robert Mueller goes just-the-facts route," 24 July 2019 Mr Johnson’s shambolic, showboating style is not just a way of getting his message across. The Economist, "Prime Minister Boris Johnson fulfils his dream," 23 July 2019 The Trump walkouts on squabbling, showboating Democrats, like the walk out on Kim in Hanoi, have broadcast his go-to move. Hugh Hewitt, Twin Cities, "Hugh Hewitt: America’s enemies are on notice about this president," 5 June 2019 What did the six hours of Democratic hectoring, interrupting, demanding, insulting and showboating yield? Karl Rove, WSJ, "Make Trump Popular Again," 13 Feb. 2019 Drew prefers ’70s funk to hip-hop, drives a retro van outfitted with an 8-track tape, and enjoys lecturing showboating youngsters about the fundamental unselfishness of the game, when played well. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Uncle Drew: A Solid Piece of Branded Content," 29 June 2018 Once there, apparently to maintain the suspense, the showboating raccoon began moving around the 17th floor, rather than climbing or descending farther. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Raccoon Climbs 25 Stories to Reach Top of Minnesota Skyscraper," 13 June 2018 This showboating behavior is irresponsible, reckless, & potentially dangerous. Fox News, "Tennessee college senior defends posing for graduation picture with gun in her waistband," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of showboat

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1937, in the meaning defined above

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showboat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of showboat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large boat that has a theater and a group of performers and that gives plays at towns and cities along a river
chiefly US, informal + usually disapproving : 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

English Language Learners Definition of showboat (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal + usually disapproving : to behave or perform in a way that is meant to attract the attention of a lot of people

showboat

noun
show·​boat | \ ˈshō-ˌbōt How to pronounce showboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of showboat

: a river steamboat used as a traveling theater

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