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Definition: To show off
, v. t. [imp. Showed
; p. p. Shown
pr. & vb. n. Showing
. It is sometimes written shew
.] [OE. schowen, shewen, schewen,
shawen, AS. sce['a]wian, to look, see, view; akin to OS.
scaw?n, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouw?n, G.
schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. sk?da, Icel. sko?a, Goth. usskawjan
to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. skuggy shade, shadow, L.
cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. ??? to mark, perceive, hear,
Skr. kavi wise. Cf. Caution
1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to
display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and
often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing
seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your
colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to
Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt.
Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can heaven show more?
2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to
reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs.
Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex.
If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will
shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx.
3. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence,
to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a
person into a parlor; to show one to the door.
4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or
reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to
evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the
causes of an event.
I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden.
5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor.
Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me.
--Ex. xx. 6.
To show forth
, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim.
To show his paces
, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like;
-- said especially of a horse.
To show off
, to exhibit ostentatiously.
To show up
, to expose. [Colloq.]
, v. i. [Written also shew.]
1. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to
look; to be in appearance; to seem.
Just such she shows before a rising storm. --Dryden.
All round a hedge upshoots, and shows
At distance like a little wood. --Tennyson.
2. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or
unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
My lord of York, it better showed with you. --Shak.
To show off
, to make a show; to display one's self.