wall·​flow·​er | \ ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce wallflower (audio) \

Definition of wallflower

1a : 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
2a : a person who from shyness or unpopularity remains on the sidelines of a social activity (such as a dance)
b : a shy or reserved person

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Examples of wallflower in a Sentence

there were too many wallflowers at the party, so things never really got lively
Recent Examples on the Web Last glimpse The bold ones: Dolphins (above) have their own extroverted explorers and introverted wallflowers, too. Michael Nichols, National Geographic, "Do we need our pets more now than they need us?," 16 Apr. 2020 So, why as this week’s winter meetings commence in San Diego, will the Rockies likely be wallflowers in the free-agent dance? Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "History lesson: Why the Rockies don’t attempt to sign free-agent aces," 7 Dec. 2019 Grace Wyatt has always been content with her wallflower status, preferring to dedicate her energy to more scholarly pursuits. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Five new romances tackle the struggle to feel deserving of love," 3 Dec. 2019 Vogueworld Jennifer Lopez Makes a Surprise Concert Appearance in Stunning Style Jennifer Lopez is no fashion wallflower. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Makes a Surprise Concert Appearance in Stunning Style," 6 Oct. 2019 On a recent Tuesday in Changpuhe, a strip of greenery next to the Forbidden City, elderly men clustered together, scoping out the women and men milling around like wallflowers. New York Times, "China’s Seniors, Looking for Love, Head to the Park," 24 Dec. 2019 And Gould wasn’t just a wallflower in the process of approving those rules. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "49ers kicker Robbie Gould has maintained steely business approach to thrive in NFL," 31 Jan. 2020 More used to delivering sarcastic ripostes behind a reception desk, wallflower Stevie's nerves were palpable from the moment Moira unexpectedly gifted her with the lead part. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "The 10 Best 'Schitt's Creek' Music Moments," 7 Jan. 2020 The contestants include a Jersey Shore-light hunk in Joey and a ping-pong playing wallflower in Shubham. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "The 5 DMs that have put Sammie in the driver's seat on Netflix's The Circle," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wallflower

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wallflower was in 1577

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12 May 2020

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“Wallflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallflower. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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Financial Definition of wallflower

What It Is

Wallflower is slang for a stock that analysts and investors tend to neglect.

How It Works

Usually used to describe individuals who are relegated to the sidelines in social events, in investing, wallflowers are stocks that investors and analysts tend to ignore. Also called orphan stocks, wallflowers do not typically display outstanding market performance, but sometimes the reason for a stock being classified as a wallflower may not be clear.

Why It Matters

Value investors sometimes hunt specifically for wallflowers. Because their stock price hasn't been inflated by investor demand, wallflowers tend to have low P/E ratios, which many investors believe can lead to solid long-term returns.

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English Language Learners Definition of wallflower

informal : 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

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