wallflower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wallflower remains on sidelines at social event
    • n wallflower 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 wallflower any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wallflower A lady at a ball, who, either from choice, or because not asked to dance, remains a spectator.
    • Wallflower (Bot) 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.
    • Wallflower (Bot) In Australia, the desert poison bush (Gastrolobium grandiflorum); -- called also native wallflower.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wallflower 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. The flowers have four petals, with a spreading limb on long claws, colored a deep-orange, or in cultivation varying from pale-yellow to deep-red, are clustered in short racemes, and are sweet-scented. It is grown in many varieties, classed as single and double biennials and double perennials. It grows by preference upon walls, forming there an enduring bush, but may be planted on rocky banks, and is also one of the finest of border-plants. It formerly shared the name of heart's-ease; and in western England a dark-red variety is called bleeding-heart. A common name also is gilly-flower, or, for distinction, wall-gillyflower. The nameis extended to other species of the genus and to some species of Erysimum.
    • n wallflower 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.
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Idioms

Wallflower - (UK) A woman politician given an unimportant government position so that the government can pretend it takes women seriously is a wallflower.
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Usage

In literature:

So there are never any wallflowers the first night.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Change from a wallflower to the center of attraction.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
WALLFLOWER, bud-variation in, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Through the open doorway the sunshine and the scent of wallflowers poured in.
"The Making of Mona" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Every old wall had its tufts of wallflowers.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The wallflowers would do well enough at the sideboard.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
I'm satisfied to play wallflower and talk to the second officer.
"By Right of Conquest" by Arthur Hornblow
Old maids are the wallflowers of that great dancing-party which is called Life.
"Her Royal Highness Woman" by Max O'Rell
I have seen a woman who smelt wallflowers for the first time for ten years burst into tears.
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
The only bright spot in the room was a bunch of beautiful pansies lying on the table; the wallflowers had been taken upstairs.
"The Little Missis" by Charlotte Skinner
Dam WALLFLOWER (472) by Duke of York (37); 2d dam Mayflower (290) by a son of Hundred Guinea (56); 3d dam old Mayflower.
"Herd Record of the Association of Breeders of Thorough-Bred Neat Stock" by Various
The other wallflowers also watched them, and commented in whispers.
"At Large" by E. W. Hornung
Only the wallflowers, yet comparatively fresh, were stirring upon the floor.
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid
The flowers in the fruit garden and by the paths were old-fashioned favourites, wallflowers and mignonette, stocks and roses.
"Leaves in the Wind" by A. G. Gardiner
Only Willy Wallflower stood green and straight, for his flowers had not yet come.
"The Sun's Babies" by Edith Howes
As a separate designation it is nowadays usually applied to the wallflower.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
The Lover who came to his love over strewn wallflowers desired always, as has been seen, to act up to his moral ideas.
"The Literary Sense" by E. Nesbit
Few scents are more delicious than that of Wallflowers.
"A Year in a Lancashire Garden" by Henry Arthur Bright
Of the wallflowers, the biennial variety will blossom most of the summer if grown in a moist, shady place and not allowed to go to seed.
"Gardening for Little Girls" by Olive Hyde Foster
Wallflowers also were coming on apace, and had to be neglected until the masses of daffodils and narcissi had been attended to.
"The Isles of Scilly" by Jessie Mothersole
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In poetry:

And windflowers and yellow gillyflowers
Pierce the astonished earth with light:
And most-loved wallflower's bloody petal
Shakes over that long frosty battle.
"From Wear To Thames" by John Freeman
Touch my hands with your fingers, yellow wallflower.
Did God use a bluer paint
Painting the sky for the gold sun
Or making the sea about your two black stars?
"Comparisons" by Edward Powys Mathers
Wallflowers blossomed in front of the low window.
The late afternoon sunlight was warm and bronze,
and the undisturbed silence sounded like a hum
of many small wings beating together.
"The Cottage In The Dunes" by Jakobus Cornelis Bloem
This may not be. And yet, oh still
Pour like night dew thy richer speech
Some late-lost youth perchance to reach,
Or unloved girl; and stir and fill
Their passionless cold bosoms
Under red wallflower blossoms!
"The Darksome Nightingale" by John Freeman

In news:

Wallflower a sincere look at teen troubles.
December's lack of power brings March wallflowers, or something like that.
We were very happy to get Delta Spirit back in Nashville to perform at Live On the Green with The Wallflowers.
In my opinion, berry lips are the sexiest trend this fall (and Emma Watson, pictured here at the premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Toronto, apparently agrees).
That special story of the wallflower with the golden voice.
A Brooklyn-based performing arts school with locations in Dyker Heights and Flatlands, nurtures Broadway-bound actors and wallflowers alike.
Wallflowers, Fireworks, Quidditch and More.
The Wallflowers, "Glad All Over" (Columbia).
"Glad All Over," The Wallflowers' first release in seven years, is an uneven return for the roots-rock band fronted by Jakob Dylan, the guy with the famous dad.
This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the latest release by The Wallflowers, "Glad All Over.".
She's also played a number of Shades shows and is on the road with the band on the Wallflowers' current Midwest tour.
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie trailer.
Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye emerged when Stephen Chbosky's young-adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower was published in 1999.
Watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower Trailer.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
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