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pansy

noun pan·sy \ ˈpan-zē \

Definition of pansy

plural pansies
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 a disparaging + offensive : a weak or effeminate man or boy
b disparaging + offensive : a male homosexual

Origin and Etymology 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

Definition of pansy

disparaging + offensive
: effeminate 1; also : homosexual

PANSY Defined for Kids

pansy

noun pan·sy \ ˈpan-zē \

Definition of pansy for Students

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

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