If I am not wrong, I once encountered a British word used (in slang i suppose) to describe a person who boasts about going out, knowing or dating famous people. Does it exist? In this case, is it common? Thank you.

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    Does the person actually know the famous person? Or are they just making it up? If they're making it up it might come under the generic term "BSer". (B and S are normally replaced with other words, but I'm typing this at work...) – AndyT Jul 17 '18 at 13:16
  • While not the strict definition of, that is one of more common traits attributed to a poser, who uses popular references to bolster their 'cred'. – user150753 Jul 17 '18 at 20:13
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    there is a vulgar term for this, "Star-f*****" Essentially, it is an exact simile for "name-dropper". – Fattie Jul 18 '18 at 14:01
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    @Fattie I very much disagree. Starfucker literally means what it says—a person who has sexual relations with famous people. A name-dropper is simply a person who knows (or pretends to know) famous people, and frequently mentions the fact that they know them. – user428517 Jul 18 '18 at 17:34
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    @ell I totally know what you mean. In fact I was going to comment: *"Strangely, people seem to use starf'er to mean name-dropper, even though you'd think the word would specifically mean more like a groupie." All I can say is in my experience, folks do use it as a synonym for "name-dropper". – Fattie Jul 18 '18 at 17:41

Are you thinking of name-dropping (MW)?

the studied but seemingly casual mention of prominent persons as associates done to impress others

Name-dropping is the verb form, the noun is name-dropper.

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    Yeah that's the one. I know that for a fact because I just called up Stephen Fry and he said "yeah that's the one". – RegDwigнt Jul 17 '18 at 11:45
  • Only now I understand that my question was not precise, it was a verb not an adjective, thank you! – christo Jul 17 '18 at 13:29
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    FYI @christo, as an American, this would be the proper word to use as well. Just clarifying it is not strictly British. – UnhandledExcepSean Jul 17 '18 at 13:56
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    If you want to emphasize the why (attempting to impress others) more than the how (name dropping), you could always go with poseur – Michael J. Jul 17 '18 at 16:00
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    @RegDwigнt - pretty funny, for someone with your user name... :-) – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica Jul 18 '18 at 14:00

If your use of "knowing" is the biblical sense of the word, there is also the term "starfucker".

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    isn't that just a "groupie"? – Dragonel Jul 17 '18 at 18:03
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    I can't tell if you're literally suggesting the word "starfracker", or if you're suggesting "starfucker" but doing it in an oblique way. – Tanner Swett Jul 17 '18 at 22:24
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    "Starfracker" isn't a word. If you meant "starfucker", write "starfucker". You're not doing anybody any favors by giggling and winking about an "obvious substitution". – Sneftel Jul 18 '18 at 8:45
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    This answer is extremely confusing. "Starfucker" is a totally normal, commonplace, slang. – Fattie Jul 18 '18 at 14:03
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    I don't know the policy on using swear words in answers. I don't appreciate being dressed down for being cautious and respectful to the reader's sensibilities. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jul 18 '18 at 14:29

The Term "Groupie" is often used in this case.

While, most commonly used in reference to a band/musical artist, it can also be used in context with any famous person or group.

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    Are groupies defined by boasting about it, or by doing it? – Anton Sherwood Jul 18 '18 at 0:13
  • @AntonSherwood - Point taking Groupie for those that have done it and wannabe for those that havent? – Chad Jul 18 '18 at 12:50

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