wallflower

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noun wall·flow·er \ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of wallflower

  1. 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 flowersb :  any of a related genus (Erysimum) of herbs with showy flowers

  2. 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

Examples of wallflower in a Sentence

  1. there were too many wallflowers at the party, so things never really got lively

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First Known Use of wallflower

1577


WALLFLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

wallflower

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Definition of wallflower for English Language Learners

  • : 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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