[nan-see; French nahn-see]
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  1. a city in and the capital of Meurthe-et-Moselle, in NE France: battles 1477, 1914, 1944.
  2. Also Nan·cee, Nan·cie. a female given name, form of Ann or Anna.
  3. (sometimes lowercase) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. nance.


  1. a department in NE France. 2038 sq. mi. (5280 sq. km). Capital: Nancy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -cies
    1. an effeminate or homosexual boy or man
    2. (as modifier)his nancy ways
    Also called: nancy boy

Word Origin for nancy

C20: from the girl's name Nancy


  1. a city in NE France: became the capital of the dukes of Lorraine in the 12th century, becoming French in 1766; administrative and financial centre. Pop: 103 605 (1999)


  1. a department of NE France, in Lorraine region. Capital: Nancy. Pop: 718 250 (2003 est). Area: 5280 sq km (2059 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for nancy


fem. proper name, probably a pet form of Ancy, diminutive of Middle English Annis "Agnes" (see Agnes). As an adjective meaning "effeminate" (with reference to men) it is from 1904. Among the top 10 popular names for girls born in U.S. between 1935 and 1955.

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