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 (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

Illustration of wallflower

1577

First Known Use of wallflower

1577


WALLFLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

wallflower

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noun wall·flow·er \ˈwȯl-ˌflau̇(-ə)r\

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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