[ pan-zee ]
/ ˈpæn zi /

noun, plural pan·sies.

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

Nearby words

  1. pansinusitis,
  2. panslavism,
  3. pansophism,
  4. pansophy,
  5. panspermia,
  6. pansystolic,
  7. pansystolic murmur,
  8. pant,
  9. pant leg,
  10. pant-

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


[ pan-zee ]
/ ˈpæn zi /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pansy


/ (ˈpænzɪ) /

noun plural -sies

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
  1. a strong violet colour
  2. (as adjective)a pansy carpet

Word Origin for pansy

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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