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wallflower

noun wall·flow·er \ˈwl-ˌfla(-ə)r\

: a person who is shy or unpopular and who stands or sits apart from other people at a dance or party

: a garden plant grown for its bright, pleasant-smelling flowers

Full Definition of WALLFLOWER

1
a :  any of several Old World perennial herbs (genus Cheiranthus) of the mustard family; especially :  a hardy erect herb (C. cheiri) widely cultivated for its showy fragrant flowers
b :  any of a related genus (Erysimum) of herbs with showy flowers
2
a :  a person who from shyness or unpopularity remains on the sidelines of a social activity (as a dance)
b :  a shy or reserved person

Examples of WALLFLOWER

  1. <there were too many wallflowers at the party, so things never really got lively>

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First Known Use of WALLFLOWER

1577

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