pansy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French pensée (thought), as the plant resembles someone that is in deep thought, with a lowered head.

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Noun[edit]

pansy (plural pansies)

  1. A cultivated flowering plant, derived by hybridization within species Viola tricolor.
  2. A deep purple colour, like that of the pansy.
    pansy colour:  
  3. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Junonia. Also called arguses.
  4. (derogatory, colloquial, dated) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  5. (derogatory, colloquial) A timid, weak man or boy; a wuss.

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Adjective[edit]

pansy (not comparable)

  1. Wimpy; spineless; feeble.
  2. Of a deep purple colour, like that of the pansy.

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Verb[edit]

pansy (third-person singular simple present pansies, present participle pansying, simple past and past participle pansied)

  1. (slang, intransitive, usually with "around" or "about") To mess about; to fail to get things done.

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