noun, plural pan·sies.
- Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
- Offensive.a weak, effeminate, and often cowardly man.
Origin of pansy
Related Words for pansycoward, crybaby, pushover, deserter, quitter, yellow, wimp, sissy, namby-pamby, caitiff, baby, pantywaist, weakling, chicken, wuss, jellyfish, milksop, cuckold, daisy, loser
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Historical Examples of pansy
Pansy Murphy was scrubbing out the office when he came down for breakfast.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But how did it come that he had pansy stains on the knees of his trousers?Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
Pansy and Pickwick, and the birds and Gypsy, and Methusaleh are all good friends.
Then Elfride and Pansy appeared on the hill in a round trot.
Pansy went, like the steed of Adonis, as if she told the steps.
noun plural -sies
- a strong violet colour
- (as adjective)a pansy carpet
Word Origin for pansy
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.