a person who behaves in ways intended to attract attention or display his or her powers, personality, etc.
Psychiatry. a person afflicted with the compulsions of exhibitionism.

Origin of exhibitionist

First recorded in 1815–25; exhibition + -ist
Related formsex·hi·bi·tion·is·tic, adjectiveex·hi·bi·tion·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ex·hi·bi·tion·is·tic, adjectivesem·i·ex·hi·bi·tion·ist, noun
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Related Words for exhibitionist

pervert, braggart, flasher, grandstander, flaunter

Word Origin and History for exhibitionist

1821, "one who takes part in an exhibition;" psychosexual sense is from 1893, in Craddock's translation of Krafft-Ebing; see exhibition + -ist. Related: Exhibitionism; exhibitionistic.

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