Definition of Name-dropping

1. Noun. The practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener. "The hard thing about name-dropping is to avoid being too obvious about it"

Generic synonyms: Mention, Reference

Definition of Name-dropping

1. Noun. The practice of casually mentioning famous or important people or the titles of their works, often subtly implying familiarity or association, in order to impress others. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of name-drop) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Name-dropping

name-based type system
name-based type systems
name-dropping (current term)
name after
name and address
name and shame
name bearing type
name brand
name brands
name calling
name day
name days
name drop
name dropper
name dropping
name for

Literary usage of Name-dropping

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The splendid galley in which the Doge of Venice annually sailed over the Adriatic on Ascension Day also bore this name. Dropping a ring into the sea, ..."

2. Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory by Caroline C. Leighton (1884)
"The town afterwards took the same name, dropping the h from it. Admiralty Inlet commences here, and was named by Vancouver in honor of the Board of ..."

3. The Magazine of History with Notes and Queries (1917)
"... thirty miles of the commune and village supposed to be the territorial possessions from which his Flemish ancestors took name. Dropping into one of the ..."

4. An Historical Account of the Old State House of Pennsylvania Now Known as by Frank Marx Etting (1874)
"We lose sight of him during the whole of Governor Andrew-s subsequent married life, but after the latter-s death he reappears under his true name, dropping ..."

5. The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal (1871)
"¡s. to Henry II., " that his judgment might be speeded," had some uncertain connection with Waleran de Herst, who adopted his name, dropping that of Herst. ..."

6. The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and by Abraham Clark Freeman (1902)
"... and resumes the use of the name, dropping the word "School" from it. and adopting "Knickerbocker Shoe Company" as the title of his concern, ..."

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