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[pan-zee] /ˈpæn zi/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • The hilarity which Tootles elucidation of the mystery of the dress suits occasioned, died out at the news of pansys elopement.

    The Woman Gives

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  • In fact all of pansys books have some special charm or attraction which makes them a power for good wherever read.

British Dictionary definitions for pansys


noun (pl) -sies
any violaceous garden plant that is a variety of Viola tricolor, having flowers with rounded velvety petals, white, yellow, or purple in colour See also wild pansy
(slang, offensive) an effeminate or homosexual man or boy
  1. a strong violet colour
  2. (as adjective): a pansy carpet
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pensée thought, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre
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Word Origin and History for pansys



mid-15c., from Middle French pensée "a pansy," literally "thought, remembrance," from fem. past participle of penser "to think," from Latin pensare "consider," frequentative of pendere "to weigh" (see pensive). So called because it was regarded as a symbol of thought or remembrance. Meaning "effeminate homosexual man" is first recorded 1929.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pansys



: Stage and screen voices in recent years have become so pansy


  1. A male homosexual; queen: if someone had bluntly said that her friends were pansies
  2. A weak or effeminate male; lily, sissy (1929+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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