Definition of name-dropping in English:

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Pronunciation: /nām ˈdräpiNG/


The practice of casually mentioning the names of famous people one knows or claims to know in order to impress others.
Example sentences
  • It's just a bunch of pretentious name-dropping to make people think they're good via their influences.
  • No name-dropping, no technical language and don't expect the discussion to result in anything so banal as a conclusion.
  • Yes, but they have their good qualities, such as free advertising and name-dropping.



Pronunciation: /ˈnāmdräp/
Example sentences
  • But you get the feeling he's aware, and that he name-drops because he's in awe - and feels not quite up to the society he keeps - as well, in fact, as feeling better than the lot of them.
  • And during the first five minutes, he name-drops relentlessly.
  • Did anyone else notice that his next column name-dropped Senators and Congressmen like mad?


Pronunciation: /ˈnāmˌdräpər/
Example sentences
  • The potential targets have also changed for these name-droppers.
  • Not to mention that he's a name-dropper of immense proportions, constantly letting rip with the ‘celebrities’ he's met, partied with, flirted with, and - occasionally - slept with.
  • Also, lawyers are name-droppers by nature; a title or a position, fame or fortune, can color the validity of their ‘experts.’

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Syllabification: name-drop·ping

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