Yes, children, especially, use it this way all the time ie: "Who cares if you can ride a bike with no hands - you're such a show-off!"Hi dear friends,
can I use the phrase show off as a noun, like for example if I say: " stop boasting you show off" ?
If yes, please can anyone tell more informal words with the same meaning.
Thanks very much in advance.
I agree with what you're hinting at. We are braggarts if we talk about our talents, we are show-offs when we actually perform.Yes, children, especially, use it this way all the time ie: "Who cares if you can ride a bike with no hands - you're such a show-off!"
I'm not sure of other idioms for "show-off". Many people would say "braggart" or "know-it-all" but one is called a "show-off" because of something they do. Accordingly, I'm not sure your sentence is exactly correct - just because someone is boasting does not mean that they are showing off. It depends on context.
The position is not much different in the UK, I would say. Show off: very common. Braggart? Well, it's not a word often heard. It sounds like something out of a costume drama, to me.Just to point out, braggarts is not used in AE. We would understand the word, but it sounds odd to us. Show off on the other hand can definitely be used as a noun in AE.
Show-off should be written with a hyphen when it's a noun.
From the Thesaurus section of the above site, there are words that I've NEVER heard or used to mean braggart. Braggart is still used by people in my age-group (born shortly after the Middle Ages).