shrinking violet
noun Date: 1915 a bashful or retiring person

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shrinking violet — A shrinking violet is a shy person who doesn t express their views and opinions …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • shrinking violet — n someone who is very shy used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrinking violet — ► NOUN informal ▪ an exaggeratedly shy person …   English terms dictionary

  • shrinking violet — n. a very shy or unassuming person …   English World dictionary

  • Shrinking Violet — Salu Digby Shrinking Violet Personnage de Shrinking Violet Alias Salu Digby, Atom Girl, Virus, LeViathan, Veye, Violet, Emerald Violet, Vi Naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • shrinking violet —    A shrinking violet is a shy person who doesn t express their views and opinions.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A person referred to as a shrinking violet is a timid or shy person.     The witness was a shrinking violet who had… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • shrinking violet — UK [ˌʃrɪŋkɪŋ ˈvaɪlət] / US noun [countable] Word forms shrinking violet : singular shrinking violet plural shrinking violets informal someone who is very shy …   English dictionary

  • shrinking violet — See no shrinking violet …   English idioms

  • shrinking violet — noun someone who shrinks from familiarity with others • Syn: ↑shy person • Hypernyms: ↑coward • Hyponyms: ↑wallflower * * * noun, pl ⋯ lets [count] informal : a person who is very shy He …   Useful english dictionary

  • shrinking violet — a shy, modest, or self effacing person. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

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