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 off (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 climax is one of the most exciting parts to show off. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Peter Frampton on the Thunderous Legacy of Frampton Comes Alive!, 45 Years Later," 19 Feb. 2021 Building your collection of charms, adding these finds to a long gold link chain necklace, is an ode to jewelry joy—and a perfect way to show off your distinct personality. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "From Featherlight Strands to Hulking Hoops, the Best Gold Chain Link Necklaces," 19 Feb. 2021 On Thursday, Rosalía took to Instagram to show off yet another one of her stylish ensembles. Eliza Huber,, "Rosalía Wore A Fringe Sweater Dress With Winter’s Biggest Boot Trend," 29 Jan. 2021 Social media gave the Real Dr. 6ix a stage on which to show off liposuctions and breast lifts. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, "Your Body, Your Self, Your Surgeon, His Instagram," 19 Jan. 2021 With such a historic season, there’s a lot to be excited about and Browns fans have a lot of pride to show off. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "More Cleveland Browns playoffs gear you can buy online now," 15 Jan. 2021 What better way to show off your small link to fame? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Top 20 Biggest TikTok Trends of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 This is never an ideal way to show off VR, in part because the platform requires high refresh rates for comfortable play, which can't be smoothly sent in a pandemic-era video call. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR: A turbulent start for wide-open skies," 23 Dec. 2020 Teigen took to Instagram on Monday to show off a smooch with her pup while wearing only a bra and underwear (and fuzzy socks). Heran Mamo, Billboard, "See John Legend's Naughty-But-Still-Nice Comment on Chrissy Teigen's Cute Photo," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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“Show-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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