I. noun Date: 1869 1. a river steamship containing a theater and carrying a troupe of actors to give plays at river communities 2. one who tries to attract attention by conspicuous behavior II. intransitive verb Date: 1951 to behave in a conspicuous or ostentatious manner ; show offshowboater noun

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