[ pan-zee ]
/ ˈpæn zi /
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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 gay man.
  2. Offensive. a weak, effeminate, and often cowardly man.
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Origin of pansy

First recorded in 1490–1500, and in 1930–35 for def. 3; from Middle French pensée “pansy,” literally, “thought,” noun use of feminine of past participle of penser “to think,” from Latin pēnsāre “to weigh, consider”; see pensive

Other definitions for pansy (2 of 2)

[ pan-zee ]
/ ˈpæn zi /

a female given name.
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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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