pansy

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 /ˈpænzɪ/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pan•sy /ˈpænzi/USA pronunciation   n. [countable],pl. -sies. 
  1. Plant Biologya violet grown in many kinds, having flowers in many different, rich colors.
[Slang](disparaging and offensive).
  • a male homosexual.
  • an effeminate man.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
pan•sy  (panzē), 
n., pl. -sies. 
  1. Plant Biologya violet, Viola tricolor hortensis, cultivated in many varieties, having richly and variously colored flowers.
  2. Plant Biologythe flower of this plant.
[Slang](disparaging and offensive).
  • a male homosexual.
  • a weak, effeminate, and often cowardly man.
Etymology:1490–1500;
1930–35 for def. 3;
Middle French pensée pansy, literally, thought, noun, nominal use of feminine of past participle of penser to think Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider. See pensive

Pan•sy  (panzē), 
n. 

    a female given name.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pansy /ˈpænzɪ/ n ( pl -sies)
  1. 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
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French pensée thought, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre



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