Definition of showboat in English:

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showboat

Pronunciation: /ˈSHōˌbōt/

noun

1A river steamboat on which theatrical performances are given.
Example sentences
  • City officials have inspected tourist showboats in recent months after it was discovered the boats were releasing untreated waste into the ocean.
  • The show tells of the fortunes, and misfortunes, of Magnolia, the daughter of the owner of the showboat and her gambler husband Gaylord Ravenal.
  • With fighting, trash-talking, cursing, and endzone dances strictly prohibited, the only type of player not welcome in the USFTL is a showboat.
1.1 informal, chiefly North American A show-off; an exhibitionist.
Example sentences
  • During his NATO days, the studious soldier struck many officers as a showboat.
  • Like all good things, or at least like all bleach-streaked showboats, he can't last forever.
  • But he's running the risk he'll be remembered more as a showboat than one of the better wide receivers of his time.

verb

[no object] informal, chiefly North American
Show off: (as adjective showboating) a lot of showboating politicians
More example sentences
  • Why knock someone who at least is playing the game and not showboating?
  • While he is off showboating as ‘Archbishop of New York,’ Daily is content to go by the unassuming title of Bishop of Brooklyn.
  • ‘The Bull’ made it a fight with Harrison occasionally showboating after being hit.

Derivatives

showboater

noun
Example sentences
  • I'd rather just loudly insist that people who favor war go fight in it themselves or be damned as showboaters and shirkers.
  • True, he has been a shameless showboater, but not half as shameless as the absurd prosecutor.
  • ‘He's not a showboater, but he gets results,’ says Margaret La Montagne Spellings.

Words that rhyme with showboat

rowboat

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Syllabification: show·boat

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