shrinking violet


: a bashful or retiring person

Examples of shrinking violet in a Sentence

He's no shrinking violet when it comes to competition. a reality show that wants shameless exhibitionists, not shrinking violets
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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shrinking violet was in 1915

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“Shrinking violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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