Meaning of attention-seeking in English:



  • Attempting to attract the attention of other people, typically by disruptive or excessively extrovert behaviour.

    ‘children who are homesick may engage in attention-seeking behaviour’
    • ‘Putting your company's name in lowercase is an even more pathetic attention-seeking device.’
    • ‘Barely turned three, she seemed more akin to her craven, attention-seeking mother than to her newborn brother.’
    • ‘The very delicacy of their situation is what provokes the attention-seeking behaviour.’
    • ‘I think the main motive for the opposition is just the usual Leftist attention-seeking, however.’
    • ‘I look forward to your next attention seeking move.’
    • ‘Admittedly, there wasn't the dead weight of the attention-seeking kid to exacerbate matters.’
    • ‘There will be few flashy signs or attention-seeking gestures.’
    • ‘No wonder we have grown impatient at the attention-seeking antics of the privileged.’
    • ‘A collection of attention seeking performers gathers in Edinburgh to strut their stuff at the Fringe Festival.’
    • ‘There are high-performance sports cars that can be driven around town without feeling like you are an attention-seeking pillock.’
    • ‘This can be difficult to manage - there may be attention seeking behaviour.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, ten attention-seeking nobodies spend what seems like six months in a house, with one being voted out each week.’
    • ‘This seems like an unnecessary attention-seeking tactic, making sure we notice a particularly sleazy line.’
    • ‘Director Kramer avoids any attention-seeking camera work, with only one particular sequence standing out.’
    • ‘You have this attention-seeking heiress without the sense God gave rabbits, desperately looking to become famous.’
    • ‘However, I should not pay much attention to either the attention seeking people on there or the comments posted on the thread all about me.’
    • ‘That's what these people are doing - they're pounding the table in desperate attention-seeking attempts to feel superior.’
    • ‘Knowing that these thoughts are there is an important first stage in overcoming attention-seeking behaviour.’
    • ‘Thus a great hue and cry was launched in the Pagan public by attention-seeking hack writers over a bit of bibliographic honesty.’
    • ‘At her Old Bailey trial, Andrews was presented in evidence as "attention-seeking and manipulative in her relationships," he said.’
    troublemaking, troublesome, unruly, rowdy, disorderly, undisciplined, attention-seeking, riotous, wild, turbulent