WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pan•sy /ˈpænzi/USA pronunciation n. [countable],pl. -sies. Plant Biologya violet grown in many kinds, having flowers in many different, rich colors. [Slang](disparaging and offensive).
  • a male homosexual.
  • an effeminate man.


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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