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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shrinking violet mean? 

  The noun SHRINKING VIOLET has 1 sense:

1. someone who shrinks from familiarity with others

  Familiarity information: SHRINKING VIOLET used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Someone who shrinks from familiarity with others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


shrinking violet; shy person

Hypernyms ("shrinking violet" is a kind of...):

coward (a person who shows fear or timidity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shrinking violet"):

wallflower (remains on sidelines at social event)

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