pansy

noun
pan·​sy | \ ˈpan-zē How to pronounce pansy (audio) \
plural pansies

Definition of pansy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a offensive : a weak or effeminate man or boy used as a term of abuse and disparagement
b offensive : a gay man used as a term of abuse and disparagement

pansy

adjective

Definition of pansy (Entry 2 of 2)

offensive
: effeminate sense 1 also : gay used as a term of abuse and disparagement

First Known Use of pansy

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pansy

Noun

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

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“Pansy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pansy. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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pansy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pansy

: a small plant that is grown in gardens and has colorful flowers with five petals also : its flower
: a weak man or boy who is easily frightened
offensive : a male homosexual

pansy

noun
pan·​sy | \ ˈpan-zē How to pronounce pansy (audio) \
plural pansies

Kids Definition of pansy

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

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