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Showing off, boasting and boastfulness - thesaurus

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boast

noun

a statement in which you proudly tell other people about what you or someone connected with you has done or can do, or about something you own, especially in order to make them admire you

pretension

noun

a way of behaving that is intended to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate

ostentation

noun

a show of something such as money, power, or skill that is intended to impress people

swagger

noun

showing disapproval a proud and confident way of walking or behaving

self-promotion

noun

things that you do or say in order to make people notice you and think you are important

one-upmanship

noun

a way of behaving in which someone tries to get an advantage by appearing to be more skilful, important etc than other people

hubris

noun

formal a very proud way of talking or behaving that offends people

attention seeker

noun

someone who behaves in a way that will attract other people's attention

humblebrag

noun

a statement on social media in which you pretend to be modest but which you are really using as a way of telling people about your success or achievements

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attention seeking

noun

behaviour, especially bad behaviour, that represents an attempt to get other people's attention

bling

noun

informal behaviour deliberately aimed at showing how rich you are, for example spending money in an obvious way or wearing expensive clothes or jewellery

braggadocio

noun

literaryshowing disapproval a proud way of talking about your achievements or possessions that annoys other people

exhibitionist

noun

someone who likes to be seen or noticed by people and tries to impress them, often in silly or strange ways

flash

noun

informalshowing disapproval behaviour that is intended to impress other people by showing them how rich you are

grandstanding

noun

showing disapproval behaviour that is intended to get public attention and approval

if you’ve got it, flaunt it

used for saying that you should be proud of your success, beauty, money etc and not hide it

name-dropping

noun

the act of mentioning famous people who you know or claim to know in order to impress other people

never hear the end/last of it

used for saying that someone will continue to talk about something that they have achieved in a way that is annoying

parade

noun

the act of showing something proudly

showboating

noun

mainly Americaninformal behaviour that is intended to make people notice and admire you

theatrics

noun

mainly journalism ways of behaving or of doing something that are intended to make people notice you rather than to achieve a particular aim

window dressing

noun

something that is intended to seem impressive but does not have any real effect

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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