Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

pansy

play
noun pan·sy \ˈpan-zē\

Definition of pansy

plural pansies

  1. 1 :  a garden plant (Viola wittrockiana) derived chiefly from the hybridization of the European Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) with other wild violets; also :  its flower

  2. 2 a usually disparaging :  a weak or effeminate man or boy b usually disparaging :  a male homosexual



Origin of pansy

Middle English pancy, pensee, from Middle French pensée, from pensée thought, from feminine of pensé, past participle of penser to think, from Latin pensare to ponder — more at pensive


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

Rhymes with pansy


2

pansy

adjective pan·sy

Definition of pansy

usually disparaging

  1. :  effeminate 1; also :  homosexual



1929

First Known Use of pansy

1929


Learn More about pansy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pansy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ