Meaning of “name-dropping” in the English Dictionary

"name-dropping" in British English

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name-droppingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp.ɪŋ/ us /ˈneɪmˌdrɑː.pɪŋ/ disapproving

the act of talking about famous people that you have met, often pretending that you know them better than you really do, in order to appear more important and special:

Her constant name-dropping is very irritating.
name-drop
verb [ I ] uk /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp/ us /ˈneɪmˌdrɑːp/
name-dropper
noun [ C ] uk /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp.ər/ us /ˈneɪmˌdrɑː.pɚ/

(Definition of “name-dropping” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"name-dropping" in American English

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name-droppingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈneɪm ˌdrɑp·ɪŋ/

disapproving the habit of mentioning the names of famous or important people that you know or pretend to know, in order to make yourself seem more important

(Definition of “name-dropping” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)