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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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RELATED WORDS

advertise, boast, brandish, demonstrate, display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, parade, swagger

Nearby words

show up, show window, show-and-tell, show-down, show-me, show-off, show-place, show-stopper, show-stopping, show-through, showa

Origin of show-off

First recorded in 1770–80; noun use of verb phrase show off
SYNONYMS FOR show-off
Related formsshow-off·ish, adjective

Definition for show off (2 of 2)

Origin of show

before 900; (v.) Middle English showen, s(c)hewen to look at, show, Old English scēawian to look at; cognate with Dutch schowen, German schauen; (noun) Middle English s(c)hew(e), derivative of the v.
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Synonym study

24, 25. Show, display, ostentation, pomp suggest the presentation of a more or less elaborate, often pretentious, appearance for the public to see. Show often indicates an external appearance that may or may not accord with actual facts: a show of modesty. Display applies to an intentionally conspicuous show: a great display of wealth. Ostentation is vain, ambitious, pretentious, or offensive display: tasteless and vulgar ostentation. Pomp suggests such a show of dignity and authority as characterizes a ceremony of state: The coronation was carried out with pomp and ceremonial.
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British Dictionary definitions for show off (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for show off (2 of 2)

show

/ (ʃəʊ) /

verb shows, showing, showed, shown or showed

noun

See also show off, show up

Word Origin for show

Old English scēawian; related to Old High German scouwōn to look, Old Norse örskār careful, Greek thuoskoos seer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for show off

show

[ shō ]

n.

The first discharge of blood in menstruation.
The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with show off (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with show off (2 of 2)

show


In addition to the idioms beginning with show

  • show and tell
  • show must go on, the
  • show off
  • show of hands
  • show one's colors
  • show one's face
  • show one's hand
  • show one's heels
  • show one's teeth
  • show one's true colors
  • show signs of
  • show someone the door
  • show someone the ropes
  • show someone a good time
  • show someone out
  • show the way
  • show the white feather
  • show to advantage
  • show up

also see:

  • bare (show) one's teeth
  • dog-and-pony show
  • false colors, show
  • for show
  • get the show on the road
  • go to show
  • know (show) the ropes
  • one-man show
  • road show
  • run the show
  • steal the show
  • (show one's) true colors
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.