from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous herbs of the genus Erysimum of the mustard family, having fragrant yellow, orange, or brownish flowers.
- n. Any of several perennial herbs of the genus Cheiranthus, especially C. cheiri.
- n. One who does not participate in the activity at a social event because of shyness or unpopularity.
- n. A security, company, or industry that is out of favor with investors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Several short-lived herbs or shrubs of the Erysimum genus with bright yellow to red flowers.
- n. A person who is socially awkward, especially one who does not dance at a party due to shyness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perennial, cruciferous plant (Cheiranthus Cheiri), with sweet-scented flowers varying in color from yellow to orange and deep red. In Europe it very common on old walls.
- n. A lady at a ball, who, either from choice, or because not asked to dance, remains a spectator.
- n. In Australia, the desert poison bush (Gastrolobium grandiflorum); -- called also native wallflower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old favorite garden flower and pot-plant, Cheiranthus Cheiri, native in southern Europe, where it grows on old walls, cliffs, and the sides of quarries.
- n. A man or woman who, at a ball or party, sits by the wall, or looks on without dancing, either from choice or from being unable to dance or to obtain a partner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial of southern Europe having clusters of fragrant flowers of all colors especially yellow and orange; often naturalized on old walls or cliffs; sometimes placed in genus Erysimum
- n. any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers
- n. remains on sidelines at social event
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The man in Washington who can not dance is a "wallflower" -- that is, he never leaves the wall.
FERGUSON: You self-sabotage, your self-esteem out of the window, you lose confidence, and in my particular case, you walk into the room backwards so that you know -- and try to be a wallflower, which is quite difficult when you've got the world's media watching you, and you permanently think this thing traveling behind you -- you don't know what it is, but you realize it's your own backside.
I was what you would call a wallflower, she said with a smile.
They were the type of dudes who would probably make Iggy seem like a bit of a wallflower, which is funny because that's so far removed from his reputation.
The album is almost always more intricate than its modest tone suggests, with the best tracks recalling wallflower tunesmiths from the Zombies 'Colin Blunstone to the Softies.
They are usually perceived as the "wallflower," and often do not get deeply engaged in life.
Do they generally fall under the "wallflower" category, suffering from lack of self-confidence?
the perks of being a wallflower is his first novel.
Being an INFJ according to the test I just took, or at least introverted, it's been hard for me not to be the "wallflower".
I became a writer because I had a wallpaper personality (or do I mean "wallflower"?).