Meaning of “wallflower” in the English Dictionary

"wallflower" in British English

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wallflowernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɔːəlflaʊər/ us /ˈwɑːlˌflaʊ.ɚ/

wallflower noun [ C ] (PLANT)

wallflower noun [ C ] (SHY PERSON)

informal a shy person, especially a girl or woman, who is frightened to involve herself in social activities and does not attract much interest or attention:

Sooner or later someone would take pity on the poor wallflower and ask her to dance.

(Definition of “wallflower” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wallflower" in Business English

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wallflowernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɔːlflaʊər/ us also orphan stock

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a type of investment that investors are not very interested in because they think it does not have much value:

Because National Savings products are not very competitive, they are widely regarded as the wallflowers of the investment world.

(Definition of “wallflower” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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