from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A shy or retiring person.
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- n. A very shy person, who avoids contact with others if avoidable.
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- n. someone who shrinks from familiarity with others
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/ The shrinking violet thou dost cheer; and raise / The cowslip’s drooping head.