When you try to impress someone by mentioning a famous person you once met, you namedrop. To namedrop is looked down upon, so if you're cousins with Beyoncé, keep it to yourself!

If a celebrity's name comes up naturally in conversation, it's fine, but if you namedrop by artificially inserting the famous name — bringing up the story of the movie star you saw at the library over and over, for example — it can become annoying. Namedropping is a way of showing off, trying to impress someone or prove your own superiority.

Definitions of namedrop

v refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them

Type of:
advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to

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