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 flowersb : 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
Examples of wallflower in a Sentence
there were too many wallflowers at the party, so things never really got lively
Recent Examples of wallflower from the Web
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Warhol, Nico, a naked handstand, a crucifix: The Broad kicks off 'Happenings' with songs and shocks No wallflowers here: Sparks fly when art mingles on the walls of 'Flaming June VII'
FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME There were no wallflowers at New York's Barclays Center on Tuesday night (June 6) as The Weeknd set the party off for his two-day stint in Brooklyn for his global Starboy: Legend of the Fall tour.
Plus, fan-favorite Cucumber Melon is also coming back in home fragrance products like candles and wallflowers, as well as hand cream and hand soaps.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
Willowy and seductive, with a deep voice and a contagious smile, Ms. Dvorovenko is no wallflower.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky The coming-of-age novel deals directly with a lot of the mental health issues brought up in 13 Reasons, including suicide.
Should the refrigerator be a wallflower or a showoff?
The unheralded freshman basketball player from St. Paul, Minn., had no interest in being a wallflower.
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First Known Use of wallflower
Financial Definition of WALLFLOWER
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.
WALLFLOWER Defined for English Language Learners
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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