[ ek-suh-bish-uh-nist ]
/ ˌɛk səˈbɪʃ ə nɪst /


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.

Nearby words

  1. exhibition,
  2. exhibition game,
  3. exhibition killing,
  4. exhibitioner,
  5. exhibitionism,
  6. exhibitive,
  7. exhibitively,
  8. exhibitor,
  9. exhibitory,
  10. exhilarant

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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper