wallflower

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Etymology[edit]

wall +‎ flower

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɔːl.ˌflɑʊ.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɔl.ˌflɑʊ.ɚ/, /ˈwɑl.ˌflɑʊ.ɚ/

Noun[edit]

wallflower (plural wallflowers)

  1. Any of several short-lived herbs or shrubs of the Erysimum genus with bright yellow to red flowers.
  2. Gastrolobium grandiflorum, a poisonous bushy shrub, endemic to Australia.
  3. (informal) A person who is socially awkward, especially one who does not dance at a party due to shyness.

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Verb[edit]

wallflower (third-person singular simple present wallflowers, present participle wallflowering, simple past and past participle wallflowered)

  1. (intransitive) To stand shyly apart from a dance, waiting to be asked to join in.
    • 2010, Alexandra Carter, ‎Janet O'Shea, The Routledge Dance Studies Reader (page 237)
      [] the idea that a full tango experience is impossible without the presence of wallflowers and without the threat of wallflowering as the potential dancers enter the tango club.