[ neym-drop-ing ]
/ ˈneɪmˌdrɒp ɪŋ /


the introduction into one's conversation, letters, etc., of the names of famous or important people as alleged friends or associates in order to impress others.

Origin of name-dropping

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for name-dropping (2 of 2)

[ neym-drop ]
/ ˈneɪmˌdrɒp /

verb (used without object), name-dropped, name-drop·ping.

to indulge in name-dropping.

Origin of name-drop

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for name-dropping



informal the practice of referring frequently to famous or fashionable people, esp as though they were intimate friends, in order to impress others

Derived forms of name-dropping

name-dropper, noun
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