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

Examples from the Web for pansys

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

    Owen Johnson

  • In fact all of Pansys books have some special charm or attraction which makes them a power for good wherever read.

British Dictionary definitions for pansys


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 pansys



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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