wallflower

noun

wall·​flow·​er ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce wallflower (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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 The third and latest season sees the spotlight fall on the long-simmering relationship between wallflower Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), a pairing that threatens to reveal powerful secrets that have been bubbling away since the very first episode. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 22 June 2024 Penelope has used her wallflower status at every ball and promenade to create a business writing a successful gossip rag under the pseudonym Lady Whistledown (narrated by Julie Andrews), passing judgment on her subjects and angering and intriguing the Queen (Golda Rosheuvel). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 16 May 2024 Athena Calderone interior designer Some of my earliest friends in New York remember me as a wallflower. George Gurley, New York Times, 21 June 2024 The season’s showrunner, Jess Brownell, told TheWrap that Coughlan’s character shifts from being the wallflower to becoming the center of her own story. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for wallflower 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Wallflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallflower. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

wallflower

noun
wall·​flow·​er ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce wallflower (audio)
: a person who from shyness or unpopularity remains alone (as at a dance)

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