- a person given to pretentious display.
- the act of showing off.
Origin of show-off
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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.Nine Juiciest Bits From New Bowie Biography
July 12, 2011
Well, he'll see then that this kind of thing was all show-off, and bluff, won't he?Alice Adams
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?Studies of Christianity
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.