Definition of showboat in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃəʊbəʊt


  • 1(In the US) a river steamer on which theatrical performances are given.
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    • 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: he’s neither a show-off nor a showboat
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    • 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.


[no object] informal , chiefly North American Back to top  
  • Show off: (as adjective showboating) a lot of showboating politicians
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    • 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.



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  • 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.

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