- the buttocks.
Origin of fanny
- a female given name, form of Frances.
Examples from the Web for fanny
Now Nicki and her crew are rocking short shorts, kicks, and fanny packs.Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Is Too Much Booty for One Man to Handle
August 20, 2014
One of the first, Fanny Bullock Workman, was the daughter of a Massachusetts governor.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
We learn that Rachel is a finalist for the part of Fanny Brice in the revival of Funny Girl.The First ‘Glee’ Without Cory Monteith Was Blissfully Joyous
September 27, 2013
I know lots of people who jog with water bottles affixed to a fanny pack.Ranger Rick and the Coyote
Carol Flake Chapman
September 10, 2011
Um, a lot of your readers barely know who Keats was, let alone Fanny Brawne—you must have been a pretty bookish sex crimes DA.Bill Clinton's Favorite Crime Novelist
February 10, 2009
And you never kiss any one but Fanny—you have no other little girl?
Fanny betrayed in her face the Italian origin of her father.
As he approached the house, he saw Fanny's bright eyes at the window.
For her sake—for your Fanny's sake—pause, like me, before the gulf swallow us.
Meanwhile, days crept on, and no new violence was offered to Fanny.
- taboo, British the female genitals
- mainly US and Canadian the buttocks
Word Origin and History for fanny
"buttocks," 1920, American English, from earlier British meaning "vulva" (1879), perhaps from the name of John Cleland's heroine in the scandalous novel "Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" (1748). The fem. proper name is a diminutive of Frances. The genital sense is still the primary one outside U.S., but is not current in American English, a difference which can have consequences when U.S. TV programs and movies air in Britain.