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
  1. verb
    refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
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    advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
    make reference to
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