It could be a noun or an adjective, and either could describe a person or an action. For example:

"Did you hear Eric's wedding toast? He wouldn't shut up!"

"I know, he was being a complete _______"

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    In recent years, I've heard the term kardashian used.
    – Sven Yargs
    May 7, 2014 at 16:54
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    @SvenYargs Though that is probably an awesome fit, it is probably even more colloquial.
    – LameCoder
    May 7, 2014 at 20:25
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    +1, I hate the use of the word "whore" as a pejorative. May 8, 2014 at 0:33
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    – tchrist
    Jun 7, 2014 at 20:39

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Consider attention seeker. (or attention-seeker)

attention-seeking (adj) Attempting to attract the attention of other people, typically by disruptive or excessively extrovert behaviour

You can also use ostentatious

: marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display

: displaying wealth, knowledge, etc., in a way that is meant to attract attention, admiration, or envy


"Did you hear Eric's wedding toast? He wouldn't shut up!"

"I know, he was being a complete showboat/showoff."

Alternately, you can say:

"I know, he was being a complete grandstander."


Center of attention; as in Eric always has to be the center of attention.


I usually like to say that..

the person likes the sound of their own voice

. It's not a one word noun or adjective but fits Eric perfectly.

Garrulous also comes close: Defintion at merriam-webster

Excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters. Given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative


Eric was being a self-centered, narcissistic jerk.


Grandstander or failing that, any of the synonyms posted here


I know, he was being a complete Stage (or spotlight) hog.

  • That's not really "less colloquial"....
    – Hellion
    May 7, 2014 at 20:12

Exhibitionist, as in Eric was being a complete exhibitionist.

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    In American English this isn't a good fit because exhibitionist is normally used to refer to someone who exposes parts of his/her body that are normally concealed outside of clothing optional areas. May 7, 2014 at 18:17

I know this thread is a bit old, but I felt like "Egomaniac" would be a pretty fitting technical word for the sentence and might be useful to someone somewhere.

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