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pan·sy

 (păn′zē)
n. pl. pan·sies
1. 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.
2. A deep to strong violet.
3. 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.

[Middle English pancy, from Old French pensee, thought, remembrance, pansy, from feminine past participle of penser, to think; see pensive.]

pansy

(ˈpænzɪ)
n, pl -sies
1. (Plants) any violaceous garden plant that is a variety of Viola tricolor, having flowers with rounded velvety petals, white, yellow, or purple in colour. See also wild pansy
2. slang offensive an effeminate or homosexual man or boy
3. (Colours)
a. a strong violet colour
b. (as adjective): a pansy carpet.
[C15: from Old French pensée thought, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre]

pan•sy

(ˈpæn zi)

n., pl. -sies.
1. a violet, Viola tricolor hortensis, cultivated in many varieties, having richly and variously colored flowers.
2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to an effeminate or homosexual male.)
[1490–1500; < Middle French pensée pansy, literally, thought, n. use of feminine past participle of penser to think < Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider. See pensive]
usage: Definition 3 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pansy - large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colorspansy - large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors
viola - any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
2.pansy - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertivepansy - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
3.pansy - offensive term for an openly homosexual manpansy - offensive term for an openly homosexual man
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
gay man, shirtlifter - a homosexual man
Translations
maceškateplouš
bøssestedmoderblomst
árvácskahímringyó
òrenningarfjóla
našlaitėpederastas
atraitnītehomoseksuals virietis
sirôtka
eşcinsel oğlanhercaî menekşeibne

pansy

[ˈpænzɪ] N
1. (Bot) → pensamiento m
2. (= homosexual man) → marica m (pej)

pansy

[ˈpænzi] n
(= flower) → pensée f
(offensive)tapette f

pansy

n
(Bot) → Stiefmütterchen nt
(Brit pej: = homosexual) → Schwuchtel f (pej inf)

pansy

[ˈpænzɪ] n (Bot) → viola del pensiero, pensée f inv (fam) (pej) → checca

pansy

(ˈpӕnzi)
1. plural ˈpansiesnoun a kind of small flower.
2. (slang) a male homosexual.
References in classic literature ?
For now, while so quietly Lying, it fancies A holier odor About it, of pansies -- A rosemary odor, Commingled with pansies -- With rue and the beautiful Puritan pansies.
On her head, among her black hair--her own, with no false additions--was a little wreath of pansies, and a bouquet of the same in the black ribbon of her sash among white lace.
All eleven were to have been carpeted with purple pansies, but finding that I had not enough and that nobody had any to sell me, only six have got their pansies, the others being sown with dwarf mignonette.
A cluster of grave yet cheerful pansies on a deeper purple ground was pronounced very appropriate and pretty, and beth worked away early and late, with occasional lifts over hard parts.
Gigantic pansies, considerably larger than the roses, and closely resembling the floral pen- wipers made by female parishioners for fashionable clergymen, sprang from the moss beneath the rose- trees; and here and there a daisy grafted on a rose- branch flowered with a luxuriance prophetic of Mr.
Quite without surprise, she saw the strikers leaping the fence, trampling her few little geraniums and pansies into the earth as they fled between Mercedes' house and hers.
Flowers peeped out amongst the leaves; snow- drops, crocuses, purple auriculas, and golden-eyed pansies.
Dickon had bought penny packages of flower seeds now and then and sown bright sweet-scented things among gooseberry bushes and even cabbages and he grew borders of mignonette and pinks and pansies and things whose seeds he could save year after year or whose roots would bloom each spring and spread in time into fine clumps.
In the hibiscus flower he sees her face, Her eyebrows in the willow he can trace, And silken pansies thrill him with her eyes.
Before she turned away, Anne unpinned the little cluster of purple pansies she wore and dropped it softly on the grave of the boy who had perished in the great sea-duel.
The largest was a regular hothouse bouquet, of tea-rosebuds, scentless heath, and smilax; the second was just a handful of sweet-peas and mignonette, with a few cheerful pansies, and one fragrant little rose in the middle; the third, a small posy of scarlet verbenas, white feverfew, and green leaves.
Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 300ml double cream 150ml Crabbie's Green Ginger Wine 50g golden caster sugar 300g strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters, plus 4 halved strawberries to decorate 8 purple pansies, to decorate METHOD 1 Whip the cream, ginger wine and sugar together in a large bowl until the mixture forms soft peaks.