show·​stop·​per | \ ˈshō-ˌstä-pər How to pronounce showstopper (audio) \

Definition of showstopper

1 : an act, song, or performer that wins applause so prolonged as to interrupt a performance
2 : something or someone exceptionally arresting or attractive the gold crown was the showstopper of the exhibition
3 : one that stops or could stop the progress, operation, or functioning of something

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showstopping \ ˈshō-​ˌstä-​piŋ How to pronounce showstopping (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for showstopper


babe [slang], cutie (or cutey), dish, doll, dreamboat [slang], fox, glamour-puss, hottie, knockout, looker, ten



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Examples of showstopper in a Sentence

at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper

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And that brisket jungle curry is still a showstopper. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Eem is Portland’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year," 12 Sep. 2019 To see how an artist elevated the mundane to the monumental was a showstopper and a head scratcher. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Robert Therrien, Sculptor, Dies at 71; He Made the Mundane Monumental," 24 June 2019 The Amber Museum here, though, is the real showstopper. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Ancient Amber Road," 29 Aug. 2019 But Amfitheatrof admits that the sapphire and diamond necklace is the showstopper. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Louis Vuitton's New High Jewelry Collection Was Inspired by Medieval Heroines," 27 Aug. 2019 Jon: The sink was definitely a showstopper for that house. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "HGTV’s ‘Going for Sold’ gives Houston flippers their moon shot," 22 Aug. 2019 Twitter Facebook − + Candid One Dave • a day ago That's a different issue, separate enough that its mitigation doesn't need to be a showstopper. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Video: How Google may take San Jose buildings to new heights," 21 July 2019 But they’re showstoppers, sandblasted with loving inscriptions and positive intentions. Los Angeles Times, "The best reusable water bottles, for when you’re ready to ditch your plastic habit," 19 July 2019 While the huge glass chandelier in the entry is obviously the showstopper, even the subtle pendant lights in the kitchen and sleek gold fixtures in the guest bedroom add a pop. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "You've Got to See How This Glamorous 10,000-Square-Foot Home Came Together," 26 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of showstopper

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of showstopper

: an act, song, or performer that receives so much applause that the performance is interrupted

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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