grandstand

grandstand (n.) "main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.)+ STAND (Cf. stand). The verb meaning "to show off" is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888.
It's little things of this sort which makes the 'grand stand player.' They make impossible catches, and when they get the ball they roll all over the field. [M.J. Kelly, "Play Ball," 1888]
Cf. British gallery hit (1882) "showy play by a batsman in cricket, 'intended to gain applause from uncritical spectators'" [OED]. Related: grandstanding.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • grandstand — [grand′stand΄] n. the main seating structure for spectators at a sporting event, etc. vi. ☆ Informal to try to gain the applause or admiration of an audience by or as by making an unnecessarily showy play (grandstand play), as in baseball… …   English World dictionary

  • grandstand — [v] show off be ostentatious, be vain, flaunt it*, hot dog*, parade, play to the crowd, prance, put on airs*, showboat*, strut, swagger; concept 261 …   New thesaurus

  • grandstand — ► NOUN ▪ the main stand at a racecourse or sports ground …   English terms dictionary

  • Grandstand — For the BBC TV programme, see Grandstand (BBC). For the ABC s sports coverage banner, see ABC Radio Grandstand. A grandstand is a large and normally permanent structure for seating spectators, most often at a racetrack. This includes both auto… …   Wikipedia

  • grandstand — grandstander, n. /gran stand , grand /, n., v., grandstanded, grandstanding, adj. n. 1. the main seating area of a stadium, racetrack, parade route, or the like, usually consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats. 2. the people sitting in… …   Universalium

  • grandstand — UK [ˈɡræn(d)ˌstænd] / US noun [countable] Word forms grandstand : singular grandstand plural grandstands a large structure with rows of seats from which people watch sports events • a grandstand view (of something) a view of something in which… …   English dictionary

  • grandstand — /ˈgrænstænd / (say granstand), /ˈgrænd / (say grand ) noun 1. the principal stand for spectators at a racecourse, athletic field, etc. 2. the people sitting in the grandstand. –verb (i) 3. to behave ostentatiously in order to impress or win… …   Australian English dictionary

  • grandstand —    American    to accentuate a difficulty in order to win praise    Where the spectators whom you wish to impress are located, but the expression is not confined to sport:     I relied on you to grandstand enough to let her get wise to you.… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • grandstand — grand·stand || grændstændÉ™(r) n. seating area for spectators (at athletic events, parades, etc.) adj. located in a grandstand; having a view which resembles the view seen from a grandstand v. do something in order to win applause from the… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grandstand — I. noun Date: 1831 1. a usually roofed stand for spectators at a racecourse or stadium 2. audience II. adjective Date: 1888 done for show or to impress onlookers < a grandstand play > III. intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.