from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genera Achimenes or Viola, especially V. tricolor or its hybrids, having flowers with velvety petals of various colors.
- n. A deep to strong violet.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a man or boy who is considered effeminate.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a homosexual man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Common name for a cultivated flowering plant, Viola tricolor hortensis, derived from heartsease; many garden varieties are hybrids.
- n. A deep purple colour, like that of the pansy.
- n. A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
- n. A timid, weak man or boy; a wuss.
- adj. Wimpy; spineless; feeble.
- adj. Of a deep purple colour, like that of the pansy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Viola (Viola tricolor) and its blossom, originally purple and yellow. Cultivated varieties have very large flowers of a great diversity of colors. Called also heart's-ease, love-in-idleness, and many other quaint names.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A favorite species of violet, Viola tricolor; the heart's-ease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. offensive term for an openly homosexual man
- n. large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors
- n. a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
Middle English pancy, from Old French pensee, thought, remembrance, pansy, from feminine past participle of penser, to think; see pensive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French pensée ("thought"), as the plant resembles someone that is in deep thought, with a lowered head. (Wiktionary)