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noun, plural pan·sies.
  1. a violet, Viola tricolor hortensis, cultivated in many varieties, having richly and variously colored flowers.
  2. the flower of this plant.
  3. Slang.
    1. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
    2. Offensive.a weak, effeminate, and often cowardly man.
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Origin of pansy

1490–1500; 1930–35 for def 3; < Middle French pensée pansy, literally, thought, noun use of feminine of past participle of penser to think < Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider. See pensive


  1. a female given name.
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Historical Examples

  • Pansy Murphy was scrubbing out the office when he came down for breakfast.

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    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But how did it come that he had pansy stains on the knees of his trousers?

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pansy


noun plural -sies
  1. any violaceous garden plant that is a variety of Viola tricolor, having flowers with rounded velvety petals, white, yellow, or purple in colourSee also wild pansy
  2. slang, offensive an effeminate or homosexual man or boy
    1. a strong violet colour
    2. (as adjective)a pansy carpet
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French pensée thought, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre
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Word Origin and History 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.

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