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pansy

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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

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pansy

adjective pan·sy

Definition of pansy

usually disparaging

  1. :  effeminate 1; also :  homosexual



1929

First Known Use of pansy

1929


PANSY Defined for Kids

pansy

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noun pan·sy \ˈpan-zē\

Definition of pansy for Students

plural pansies

  1. :  a garden plant related to the violets that has large velvety colorful flowers




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