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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shoh-boht]
    • /ˈʃoʊˌboʊt/
    • /ˈʃəʊˌbəʊ.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shoh-boht]
    • /ˈʃoʊˌboʊt/

Definitions of showboat word

  • noun showboat a boat, especially a paddle-wheel steamer, used as a traveling theater. 1
  • noun showboat Informal. show-off (def 1). 1
  • noun showboat a person, especially an athlete, who performs in an ostentatiously sensational manner calculated to draw attention; show-off. 1
  • verb without object showboat to perform or behave in an outrageous or spectacular manner. 1
  • noun showboat riverboat with theatrical performances 1
  • intransitive verb showboat draw attention to oneself, behave ostentatiously 1

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Origin of showboat

First appearance:

before 1865
One of the 28% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; show + boat

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Parts of speech for Showboat


showboat popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for showboat

noun showboat

  • arrayal — the act or process of arraying
  • bravura — If you say that someone is doing something with bravura, you mean that they are using unnecessary extra actions that emphasize their skill or importance.
  • bravure — Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
  • crowd pleaser — a person, performance, etc., having great popular appeal.
  • display — to show or exhibit; make visible: to display a sign.

verb showboat

  • awe — Awe is the feeling of respect and amazement that you have when you are faced with something wonderful and often rather frightening.
  • blow away — If you say that you are blown away by something, or if it blows you away, you mean that you are very impressed by it.
  • blow smoke — (Idiomatic) To speak with a lack of credibility, sense, purpose, or truth; to speak nonsense.
  • bludgeoned — a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
  • bludgeoning — a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.

Antonyms for showboat

noun showboat

  • hiding — the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
  • ordinariness — of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.

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