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wallflower

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noun wall·flow·er \ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of wallflower

  • : 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. 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. 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>



Illustration of wallflower

1577

First Known Use of wallflower

1577



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