noun wall·flow·er \ ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of wallflower

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

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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wallflower Synonyms


extrovert (also extravert);

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cold fish, iceberg, icicle;

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.

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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