- any of various violets, esp. a popular garden hybrid (Viola tricolor hortensis), with flat, broad, velvety petals in many colors
- ☆ Slang an effeminate man; esp., an effeminate male homosexual: often a contemptuous term
Origin of pansyFrench pensée, a thought ; from penser, to think ; from Classical Latin pensare: see pensive
- Any of various plants of the genus Viola, especially V. tricolor or its hybrids, widely cultivated for their flowers with velvety petals of various colors.
- A deep to strong violet.
- Offensive Slang a. Used as a disparaging term for a man or boy who is considered effeminate.b. Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
Origin of pansyMiddle English pancy, from Old French pensee, thought, remembrance, pansy, from feminine past participle of penser, to think; see pensive.
From the French pensée (“thought”), as the plant resembles someone that is in deep thought, with a lowered head.