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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
SYNONYMS FOR show-off
Related formsshow-off·ish, adjective
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n.

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