Pansy Definition

pănzē
pansies
noun
pansies
Any of various violets, esp. a popular garden hybrid (Viola tricolor hortensis), with flat, broad, velvety petals in many colors.
Webster's New World
A deep to strong violet.
American Heritage
An effeminate man; esp., an effeminate male homosexual.
Webster's New World
Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
American Heritage
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adjective
Wiktionary
Of a deep purple colour, like that of the pansy.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Pansy

Noun

Singular:
pansy
Plural:
pansies

Origin of Pansy

  • Middle English pancy from Old French pensee thought, remembrance, pansy from feminine past participle of penser to think pensive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the French pensée (“thought"), as the plant resembles someone that is in deep thought, with a lowered head.

    From Wiktionary

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