shrinking violet

noun
Updated on: 3 Apr 2018

Definition of shrinking violet

: a bashful or retiring person

Examples of shrinking violet in a Sentence

  1. He's no shrinking violet when it comes to competition.

  2. a reality show that wants shameless exhibitionists, not shrinking violets

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First Known Use of shrinking violet

1915

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shrinking violet Synonyms

Synonyms

introvert, wallflower;

Antonyms

extrovert (also extravert);

Related Words

mouse;

cold fish, iceberg, icicle;


SHRINKING VIOLET Defined for English Language Learners

shrinking violet

Definition of shrinking violet for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is very shy



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