name-dropping

 /ˈneɪmˈdrɒpɪŋ/


For the verb: "to name-drop"

Present Participle: name-dropping

For the verb: "to namedrop"

Present Participle: namedropping

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
name-drop•ping  (nāmdrop′ing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the introduction into one's conversation, letters, etc., of the names of famous or important people as alleged friends or associates in order to impress others.
  • 1945–50

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ˈname-ˌdrop, v. [no object], -dropped, -drop•ping. 
  • to mention the names of famous or important people in order to impress others.
  • name•drop•per, n. [countable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    name-drop  (nāmdrop′),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -dropped, -drop•ping. 
    1. to indulge in name-dropping.
    • 1950–55


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    name-dropping n
    1. informal the practice of referring frequently to famous or fashionable people, esp as though they were intimate friends, in order to impress others



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