shrinking violet


noun

a shy, modest, or self-effacing person.

Nearby words

  1. shrink fit,
  2. shrink-wrap,
  3. shrink-wrapped,
  4. shrinkage,
  5. shrinker,
  6. shrinking violet, a,
  7. shrive,
  8. shrivel,
  9. shriven,
  10. shriver

Origin of shrinking violet

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for shrinking violet

shrinking violet

noun

informal a shy person
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