Definition of show-off in US English:

show-off

noun

informal
  • A person who acts pretentiously or who publicly parades themselves, their possessions, or their accomplishments.

    • ‘The neighbourhood show-offs decide to have a bonfire party in every street on every night.’
    • ‘What else one could have asked for, at a time when such shows had become more show-offs than unearthing the talent of the kids.’
    • ‘I think a lot of us are insecure little show-offs.’
    • ‘Some reviewers have recoiled in horror from the film, denouncing von Trier as a misogynist, a fake, a show-off, an incompetent director, and worse.’
    • ‘Maybe it is difficult to imagine these guys as nice chaps when your machismo immediately assumes they'll be natural born show-offs.’
    • ‘My arts degree days were essentially high school with more complicated essay questions, featuring the usual parade of show-offs and kiss-asses, vain and lazy professors, and some good people too.’
    • ‘After so many years of cynicism, we are ready to declare our own brilliance once more, but this time with a microscope, picking out every last detail, rather than concentrating on the show-offs shouting in the middle.’
    • ‘Irwin also remarked on a gallery practice that has occasionally allowed show-offs to pretend they own something that they have no intention of paying for.’
    • ‘That what I believed to be the idiosyncrasies of a crowd of overdressed, overfed, bombastic, uneducated show-offs owed less to psychology than their adaptation to the force of circumstance.’
    • ‘A commendable campaign against an ill-considered planning decision seems to have been hijacked by a bunch of tree-hugging show-offs with a childish obsession with fancy dress.’
    • ‘It's the way we're brought up, in a culture that prizes modesty and adores putting show-offs in their place.’
    • ‘Let's show the world that we can be lucid and enthusiastic explainers of recondite ideas, not merely the flamboyant show-offs that unfair stereotypes so often paint us to be.’
    • ‘When you pray, don't be like those show-offs who love to stand up and pray in the meeting places and on the street corners.’
    • ‘A lot of comedians are insecure show-offs, and not particularly funny.’
    • ‘But it is still just a game show for show-offs, albeit an extremely funny one.’
    • ‘I'd be the dad that clowns quite a lot and shows off to the kids and makes them laugh because I can be a show-off.’
    • ‘Zurenborg, in the suburb of Berchem, is dizzying, a housing area built for 19 th-century show-offs in an insane blend of styles - neo-classical, neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau.’
    • ‘Potential contestants have to be extrovert without being annoying, pushy show-offs.’
    • ‘So many priests are passive aggressive show-offs; looks like we got us another one.’
    • ‘A certain group of executive show-offs are beginning to smoke cigars outside in a little alcove all of their own.’
    exhibitionist, extrovert, poser, poseur, poseuse, peacock, swaggerer, egotist, bragger, braggart, boaster, self-publicist
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Pronunciation

show-off

/ˈSHō ˌôf//ˈʃoʊ ˌɔf/