- Offensive. an effeminate male.
- Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
Origin of nance
Examples from the Web for nance
Despite identifying as conservative, Nance made it clear this is an issue that all women should care about, across party lines.
Nance said she has personally been a victim of these kinds of superficial attacks.
Nathan Lane continues to prove himself one of the great stage actors in The Nance, but the somewhat weak play works against him.Who’ll Win a 2013 Tony Award—and Who Deserves To
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Nance turned away, and put up her chin to watch a wreath of smoke.Meadow Grass
You may think it odd, Tom, that I should seem to distrust Nance.
"He has fascinated you as he has fascinated Mother and Nance," Dan replied.
I heard him whisper as he left Nance, 'More success next time!'
"You have been uncommonly silent, Nance, even for you," he said at last.
Word Origin and History for nance
"effeminate man, homosexual," 1904, from female name Nancy (q.v.), which was in use as an adjective meaning "effeminate" (applied to men) from 1883, a shortening of earlier Miss Nancy.
Nancy, Miss, an opprobrious epithet for an exceedingly effeminate, over-nice young man. The original Miss Nancy, however, was a Mrs. Anna Old field, a celebrated actress, who died in 1730 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. She was extremely vain and nice about her dress, and as she lay in state, attended by two noblemen, she was attired, as she had directed shortly before her death, in "a very fine Brussels lace head-dress, a Holland shift with a tucker and double ruffles of the same lace, a pair of new kid gloves," etc., a circumstance alluded to by Pope .... [William S. Walsh, "Handy-Book of Literary Curiosities," 1892]
Nancy boy "effeminate male homosexual" is attested by 1958.