Name Dropping

What does name dropping mean?

Bragging about a person you know

Name dropping is when a person brags about meeting, knowing, or seeing another "noteworthy" person, typically a celebrity or other VIP. People who are insecure or want to impress others are most likely to name drop, to make themselves feel important.

Name droppers are similar to brand droppers, who are people who continuously mention the "high-end" brands of items they own. Both name dropping and brand dropping are quite annoying, and both terms are usually used in a negative context. (i.e. Being called a name dropper is not a good thing.)


He got nervous so he began name dropping the people that came to his birthday party

Stephen Colbert name dropping

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Updated January 5, 2022

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