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pansy (n.)

"a type of violet, popular as a garden flower," mid-15c., pense, from Old French pensee. pencee "a pansy," literally "thought, remembrance," from fem. past participle of penser "to think," from Latin pensare "consider," a figurative use of a frequentative of pendere "to hang, cause to hang; weigh; pay" (from PIE root *(s)pen- "to draw, stretch, spin"). So called because it was regarded as a symbol of thought or remembrance.

Meaning "effeminate homosexual man" is recorded by 1929. Related: Pansified (1941) "over-adorned, affectedly effeminate."

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Definitions of pansy from WordNet

pansy (n.)
large-flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors;
Synonyms: Viola tricolor hortensis
pansy (n.)
a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive;
Synonyms: sissy / pantywaist / milksop / Milquetoast
pansy (n.)
offensive term for a homosexual man;
Synonyms: fagot / faggot / fag / fairy / nance / queen / queer / poof / poove / pouf
From wordnet.princeton.edu