noun[often with negative] informal
An exaggeratedly shy person: Dorothy is no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing her views
More example sentences
- There are no shrinking violets in our family, we all had a point of view.
- She insists it was not a conscious decision, however, and points out she has toured separately with two women who could never be described as shrinking violets.
- If called upon to sing a song, they weren't shrinking violets.
Definition of shrinking violet in:
- The US English dictionary