shrinking violet

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shrink·ing violet

(shrĭng′kĭng)
n. Informal
A shy or retiring person.

shrinking violet

n
informal a shy person

shrink′ing vi′olet


n.
a shy or self-effacing person.
[1925–30]

shrinking violet

- Violets actually shrink as if they become shy, giving us this term.
See also related terms for shy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shrinking violet - someone who shrinks from familiarity with othersshrinking violet - someone who shrinks from familiarity with others
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
wallflower - remains on sidelines at social event
Translations

shrinking violet

n (inf: = shy person) → schüchternes Pflänzchen