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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.
Ruby Gillis smuggled three blue plums over to her during testament reading; Ella May MacPherson gave her an enormous yellow pansy cut from the covers of a floral catalogue--a species of desk decoration much prized in Avonlea school.
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.
Go grab some seedlings from a nursery and start your very own pansy garden
The sheer number of flowers produced makes them every bit as showy, even from a distance, as the large-flowered pansy.
An area around Pansy Street remained cordoned off on Saturday morning and officers are carrying out house to house enquiries to see if anyone witnessed the incident.
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.
Regarding the differentiation of the two genera, Precis and Junonia, now in southern Africa two other species have been added to the genus Junonia as well--the Brown Pansy and the Soldier 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.
Shot in Blair Drummond safari park, it reveals the last days of elderly primate Pansy.