[shoh-awf, -of]


a person given to pretentious display.
the act of showing off.

Origin of show-off

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

Synonyms for show-off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of show-off

Historical Examples of show-off

  • Well, he'll see then that this kind of thing was all show-off, and bluff, won't he?

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Once or twice, when I've paid calls with mamma, they were so fussy and show-off.

    Robin Redbreast

    Mary Louisa Molesworth

  • What a prancing, show-off, matinée fool you've made me look!

  • Does he then hang out a profession that is not true to the kernel of things, but only a show-off for impression's sake?

  • She graduates and comes home and there are a lot of "doings" which she attends, then comes the show-off which is called a debut.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

Word Origin and History for show-off

1776, "a display;" see show (v.) + off (adv.). From 1801 as "a deliberate and ostentatious display;" in reference to the person who makes such a display, attested from 1924. The verbal phrase is first recorded 1793 as "make a conspicuous and obvious display." Noun showing-off is from 1874.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper