(third-person singular simple present shows off, present participle showing off, simple past showed off, past participle shown off or showed off)
- (idiomatic) To exhibit the best attributes of something.
- Grocery stores show off their produce by placing the most attractive specimens in front.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To attract attention to for the purpose of bragging or personal exhibitionism; to demonstrate a skill, talent or property for the purpose of bragging or personal exhibitionism.
- She loves to show off her driving prowess.
- She loves to show off when she gets behind the wheel of a car.
(plural show offs)
- one who shows off.
- One who shows off.
- Quit being such a show-off, before someone gets hurt.
- A person who attracts attention by frequently demonstrating their talents. The tone of the word varies depending on the speaker's relationship with the subject, although it is most usually employed in a mildly mocking manner.
Describing somebody as a show-off carries an implicit endorsement of their capability: someone can only "show off" if they actually have something to show. An individual who seeks attention that they are not perceived to deserve is usually described much more dismissively as an attention-seeker or loudmouth.