Origin of show-off
Examples from the Web for show-off
Even his theater-buff costars thought he was “right on the money” and “absolutely not a show-off,” despite his celebrity status.
They lipsynch the soundtrack, cadge souvenirs and pester you with smarmy, show-off questions.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
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?Studies of Christianity|James Martineau
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
I do not belittle it, since from this spirit of "show-off" arises one great good--respect for the opinion of our fellow-man.Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy|Charles Major
If I didn't know Patience, I should almost think this was like a boasting letter—what we should call a bit of show-off.Jimmy Quixote|Tom Gallon
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.