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or Fan·ny

  1. a female given name, form of Frances.
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noun, plural fan·nies. Informal.
  1. the buttocks.
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Origin of fanny

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

ass, posterior, bottom, backside, butt, derriere, tail, seat, behind, rump, hindquarters, cheeks, heinie

Examples from the Web for fannies

Historical Examples of fannies

  • If she dare express her sex as the Fannies do, we deny her individual and social worth, and stamp her fallen.

    The Social Significance of the Modern Drama

    Emma Goldman

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for fannies


noun plural -nies slang
  1. taboo, British the female genitals
  2. mainly US and Canadian the buttocks
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Word Origin for fanny

C20: perhaps from Fanny, pet name from Frances


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'
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

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