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PANSY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pansy mean? 

PANSY (noun)
  The noun PANSY has 3 senses:

1. large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors
2. a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
3. offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

  Familiarity information: PANSY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PANSY (noun)


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Meaning:

Large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

pansy; Viola tricolor hortensis

Hypernyms ("pansy" is a kind of...):

viola (any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola)


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Meaning:

A timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

milksop; Milquetoast; pantywaist; sissy; pansy

Hypernyms ("pansy" is a kind of...):

coward (a person who shows fear or timidity)


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Meaning:

Offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fag; pouf; poove; poof; queer; nance; fagot; faggot; fairy; pansy; queen

Hypernyms ("pansy" is a kind of...):

gay man; shirtlifter (a homosexual man)


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