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 This tour aims to set you straight, showing off some of the best examples inspired by the Chicano movement in La Alma-Lincoln Park. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Peek into a former sanatorium, French Gothic cathedral and more landmarks at Doors Open Denver," 15 Sep. 2019 Rice fell at Army on Aug. 30 by a 14-7 score, showing off solid defense, but they were hammered 41-21 by visiting Wake Forest. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Texas Longhorns at Rice Owls odds, picks and best bets," 14 Sep. 2019 Then a crush of photographers converged as reality star and beauty mogul Kardashian West arrived, showing off a sleek new bob. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Neon Wrap Dresses, Hot Pink Fanny Packs and Olympia's Fashion Debut. Inside Serena Williams' Fearless NYFW Show," 11 Sep. 2019 In less than two days, researchers on board the ship were able to confirm the presence of great whites without having to wait for one to surface and show off its telltale fin. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Message in a bottle: Forensics meets marine science with eDNA," 15 Aug. 2019 While many commenters blasted Simpson, saying that 7-years-old is much too young to be dying their hair, others offered their appreciation for allowing her daughter to show off her creativity and style. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Jessica Simpson Was Mom-Shamed After Posting a Photo of Her 4-Month-Old In a Stroller," 15 Aug. 2019 After spending a week strutting around Paris, showing off a series of unforgettable looks at Couture Week, Céline Dion headed to London for a performance—and a certain pair of princesses couldn't have been more excited to have her. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi Went to a Céline Dion Concert," 8 July 2019 The ageless New England Patriots quarterback has been working hard all offseason long, keeping sharp and showing off some workouts on his various social media accounts. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Tom Brady appeared to take a shot at Max Kellerman with this impressive workout photo," 27 June 2019 Fewer people wanted to learn about the 1,000-plus breeds of cattle or show off their homegrown zucchini in a vegetable display., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 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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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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to spread as a report or rumor

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