- a violet, Viola tricolor hortensis, cultivated in many varieties, having richly and variously colored flowers.
- the flower of this plant.
- 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
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for 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.
- 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
- slang, offensive an effeminate or homosexual man or boy
- a strong violet colour
- (as adjective)a pansy carpet
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.