Definition of scene-stealer in English:

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1An actor who outshines the rest of the cast, especially unexpectedly.
Example sentences
  • Comic relief is provided by character actor and resident scene-stealer Jeff York, as the lazy, good-for-nothing neighbor Bud Searcy.
  • The two women's beaux are nondescript types and even veteran scene-stealer Coburn is no match for Monroe and Russell who dominate the screen in every scene they're in.
  • Hollywood's ultimate scene-stealer is still up to his old tricks.
1.1A person or thing that takes more than their fair share of attention.
Example sentences
  • The old pub here is full of movie memorabilia, but for me Silverton's real scene-stealers are two old Volkswagens.
  • Some of the scene-stealers of the evening were the dancing kids, who brought smiles all around.
  • Zinnias are scene-stealers so it's a challenge teaming them up with other plants.

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Syllabification: scene-steal·er

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