- a female given name, form of Frances.
- the buttocks.
Origin of fanny
Examples from the Web for fannies
If she dare express her sex as the Fannies do, we deny her individual and social worth, and stamp her fallen.
The past of a man is never questioned: no one inquires how many Fannies have been in his life.
Yet man has the impudence to expect the Fannies to abstain till he is ready to bestow on them his name.
It is not a bad record, this continuous service of the Fannies since the outbreak of war, is it?The Sword of Deborah
F. Tennyson Jesse
The Fannies of our island—though this I say with reluctance—are not improving; and the Bath road is notoriously superannuated.
- taboo, British the female genitals
- mainly US and Canadian the buttocks
Word Origin and History for fannies
"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.