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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 ?
But his face lit up, right away, for she tossed a pansy over the fence a moment before she disappeared.
And we're going to learn a new song-- Jane Andrews is practicing it up now; and Alice Andrews is going to bring a new Pansy book next week and we're all going to read it out loud, chapter about, down by the brook.
Cecily feels she has not read all the good books she might, because some she tried to read were very dull and the Pansy books were so much more interesting.
A glorious spreading pansy, with trails up to 30cm long, Cool Wave Mixed is ideal for container and basket displays, although these vigorous plants will also make superior and high-impact ground cover.
The ECHO has teamed up with Dogs Trust Merseyside in Huyton to help find a new home for Pansy.
Pansy Plentifall is an exciting new development, being the first pansy with a genuine spreading habit.
Bill said: "We have selected the 1947 Pansy, as it is in a style different from the rest.
Video cameras in an indoor enclosure at a safari park recorded activity before and after Pansy died.
Zoo staff witnessed female chimps grooming Pansy - and at the moment of death, two of the animals bent down to her mouth.
On appeal, the state supreme court held that the Commission could not turn down the proposal because of off-site congestion and could consider Pansy Road traffic flow only to ensure that the subdivision's entrance was placed to minimize traffic effects.
She's a lucky girl, but more of a pansy - a delicate flower,'' Glenda says.
March 19-26, 2005 Pansy and Viola Festival at Webbs Garden Centre, near Bromsgrove.