- a female given name.
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Historical Examples of pansys
The hilarity which Tootles elucidation of the mystery of the dress suits occasioned, died out at the news of Pansys elopement.The Woman Gives
In fact all of Pansys books have some special charm or attraction which makes them a power for good wherever read.
- 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 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.