[shoh-muh n-ship]


the skill or ability of a showman.

Origin of showmanship

First recorded in 1855–60; showman + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for showmanship

Contemporary Examples of showmanship

Historical Examples of showmanship

  • Much information about showmanship is given in our makeup classes.

  • His anger struggled with his pleasure at Hugo's showmanship.


    Philip Wylie

  • As for the rest of the trick, the effect is produced entirely by showmanship.

    Water Wizardry

    Arthur Ainslie

  • As for Fanny's method; here is a typical example of her somewhat crude effectiveness in showmanship.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • In doing this you make use of an excellent little piece of showmanship; you pretend to be very nervous.

    Water Wizardry

    Arthur Ainslie

Word Origin and History for showmanship

1859, from showman "one who presents shows" + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper