showboat [shoh-boht] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for showboat on noun Also show·boat·er (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)

  1. to perform or behave in an outrageous or spectacular manner.

Origin of showboat An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; show + boat Related Words for showboat conceit, hypocrisy, snobbery, pomposity, pageant, parade, fair, appearance, program, spectacle, presentation, display, array, exhibit, demonstration, act, example, sausage, frankfurter, dismay Examples from the Web for showboat Contemporary Examples of showboat

  • Then he told the story of the day he tried to sit in with the professionals at the Showboat Club in Philadelphia.

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  • Later—especially on The Last Waltz—Robbie became a bit of a showboat.

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  • Blvd. in the 1980s, and St. Charles Place (cost: $140) was razed for the Showboat Hotel, which opened in 1986.

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  • Historical Examples of showboat

  • And here, in the spring of the year, the calliope could be heard far down the Ohio as the showboat steamed into view.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for showboat showboat noun

    1. a paddle-wheel river steamer with a theatre and a repertory company


    1. (intr) to perform or behave in a showy and flamboyant way

    Word Origin and History for 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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