shrinking violet


Definition of shrinking violet

: a bashful or retiring person

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Fox, never known as a corporate shrinking violet, intends to promote Fox Weather during football telecasts on its broadcast network and via Fox News. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 Oct. 2021 Rush seems determined that Cordelia be no shrinking violet, and that’s a sound decision, but giving Cordelia a declamatory quality is not., 12 July 2021 With regard to size, the Grand Cherokee L is no shrinking violet. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 17 June 2021 As a result, Biden—whose tactile campaign style makes Bill Clinton seem like a shrinking violet—spent 174 days without doing a single public event. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 19 Nov. 2020 Desperately hoping to move up the food chain at Culture, now called Cult, Anna, a classic shrinking violet with a short, natural ’fro, meets with Zora, equipped with stellar ideas and stats. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2020 The United States, though, is no shrinking violet and has lobbed back its fair share of insults and innuendos. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, 9 Apr. 2020 At 7 feet tall and 3 feet wide, the tree is no shrinking violet either. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 3 Dec. 2019 This was not a group of ladylike shrinking violets. ... Amanda Blanco,, 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of shrinking violet

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shrinking violet was in 1915

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29 Oct 2021

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“Shrinking violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shrinking violet

: a person who is very shy


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