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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The marine industry was showing off its opportunities as well. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Cranes, planes and automobiles showcase career options for students," 10 Nov. 2019 Who will show off their speed and be the first player to make it to the Don Shula Award? Khobi Price,, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to FAU vs. FIU (Shula Bowl)," 8 Nov. 2019 Lavelle, a 2013 Mount Notre Dame grad who attended Mitts' soccer camp as a young girl, will show off some of her fancy footwork and offensive skills, and will also be available for photos. Adam Baum,, "Rose Lavelle, Heather Mitts set date for their 3rd annual Cincinnati girls soccer camp," 30 Oct. 2019 Google also showed off new Pixel Buds headphones that are built to rival AirPods. Los Angeles Times, "Google packs new Pixel phones with AI and cameras in iPhone retort," 15 Oct. 2019 The Army also showed off a drone armed with an assault rifle that is considerably less impressive and less dangerous The drones were revealed in a post by the Iranian military to Twitter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Unveils New Tank-Killing Ground Drones," 9 Oct. 2019 Beijing may also show off new weapons based on technology still under development in the United States, like its Dong Feng 17 hypersonic missile. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Trump’s Nuclear China Option," 30 Sep. 2019 Other playgrounds in Vail also show off creative designs. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Plan a mini road trip to these immersive outdoor art installations around Colorado," 30 Sep. 2019 Possibly with an eye toward holiday shoppers, Apple also showed off a new version of the iPad with a 10.2-inch retina display screen that starts at $329, or $299 for educators. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Apple unveils new devices, price tags: iPhone 11 to start at $699, Apple+ streaming to go for $4.99 per month," 10 Sep. 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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The first known use of show-off was in 1750

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How to pronounce show off (audio)

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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