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show-off

[ shoh-awf, -of ]
/ ˈʃoʊˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun
a person given to pretentious display.
the act of showing off.
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Origin of show-off

First recorded in 1770–80; noun use of verb phrase show off

OTHER WORDS FROM show-off

show-offish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for show-off

show off

verb (adverb)
(tr) to exhibit or display so as to invite admiration
(intr) informal to behave in such a manner as to make an impression
noun show-off
informal a person who makes a vain display of himself
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Other Idioms and Phrases with show-off

show off

Display in an ostentatious, conspicuous way; also, seek attention by displaying one's accomplishments, abilities, or possessions. For example, I'm wearing shorts to show off my Florida tan, or Karen loved showing off her new baby to her friends, or There's no need to show off, Fred; we all know you're a good dancer. [Early 1800s]

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