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showboat

[shoh-boht] /ˈʃoʊˌboʊt/
noun, Also, showboater (for defs 2, 3).
1.
a boat, especially a paddle-wheel steamer, used as a traveling theater.
2.
Informal. show-off (def 1).
3.
a person, especially an athlete, who performs in an ostentatiously sensational manner calculated to draw attention; show-off.
verb (used without object)
4.
to perform or behave in an outrageous or spectacular manner.
Origin of showboat
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; show + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for showboater

showboat

/ˈʃəʊˌbəʊt/
noun
1.
a paddle-wheel river steamer with a theatre and a repertory company
verb
2.
(intransitive) to perform or behave in a showy and flamboyant way
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Word Origin and History for showboater

showboat

n.

also show-boat, 1838, "river boat on which theatrical performances are given," from show (n.) + boat (n.). The verb meaning "to show off" is attested from 1951.

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Slang definitions & phrases for showboater

show-and-tell

noun

An elaborate display, usually for selling or other persuasion; dog and pony act: There just hasn't been time to arrange the kind of show-and-tell that attracts media attention/ No one seems to have been impressed by the show-and-tell

[1970s+; fr the name of an elementary-school teaching technique of the late 1940s where pupils exhibit and explain things]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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