showboater

showboat

[shoh-boht]
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:
1865–70, Americanism; show + boat

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showboat (ˈʃəʊˌbəʊt)
 
n
1.  a paddle-wheel river steamer with a theatre and a repertory company
 
vb
2.  (intr) to perform or behave in a showy and flamboyant way

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showboat
1869, "river steamer on which theatrical performances are given," from show (n.) + boat. The verb meaning "to show off" is attested from 1951.
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