Fannie

or Fan·ny

[ fan-ee ]
/ ˈfæn i /

noun

a female given name, form of Frances.

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fanny
[ fan-ee ]
/ ˈfæn i /

noun, plural fan·nies. Informal.

the buttocks.

Origin of fanny

1925–30; of obscure origin; relation, if any, to British fanny “vulva” (vulgar) is unclear
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British Dictionary definitions for fannies

fanny
/ (ˈfænɪ) /

noun plural -nies slang

taboo, British the female genitals
mainly US and Canadian the buttocks

Word Origin for fanny

C20: perhaps from Fanny, pet name from Frances

usage for fanny

Despite the theory that this word derives from the name `Fanny', its use in British English is still considered taboo by many people, and is likely to cause offence. In the US the word refers to the buttocks. Serious misunderstanding may therefore arise when what people in Britain know as a `bumbag' is referred to in the US as a `fanny pack'
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