- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈʃɹɪŋkɪŋ ˈvaɪələt/, /ˈʃɹɪŋkɪŋ ˈvaɪlət/, /-lɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈʃɹɪŋkɪŋ ˈvaɪələt/, /ˈʃɹɪŋkɪŋ ˈvaɪlət/
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- Hyphenation: shrink‧ing vio‧let
- (idiomatic) A very shy or timid person, who avoids contact with others if possible. [from early 19th c.]
- June, no shrinking violet she, crossed the room and introduced herself to the newcomers.
very shy person
- Often in the negative form no shrinking violet.
- ^ “Shrinking violet” in Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 25 September 2010.
- ^ Leigh Hunt (23 February 1820), “Ronald of the Perfect Hand”, in The Indicator, issue XX, London: Joseph Appleyard, OCLC 561227160, page 158:
- The sun looked out with a melancholy smile upon the moss and the poor grass, chequered here and there with flowers almost as poor. There was the buttercup, struggling from a dirty white into a yellow; and a faint-coloured poppy, neither the good nor the ill of which was then known; and here and there by the thorny underwood a shrinking violet.
- ^ [James Gates Percival] (1 November 1825), “The Perpetual Youth of Nature. A Soliloquy.”, in The United States Literary Gazette, volume III, issue 3, Boston, Mass.: Harrison Gray, published 1826, OCLC 648386174, page 109: “The wind is very low— / It hardly wags the shrinking violet, / Or sends a quiver to the aspen leaf, […]”