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[fan-ee] /ˈfæn i/
noun, plural fannies. Informal.
the buttocks.
1925-30; of obscure origin; relation, if any, to British fanny “vulva” (vulgar) is unclear Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fanny
  • fanny poured herself some wine and came into the cold northern room a few minutes later.
  • Don't use a fanny pack or leave a bag unsecured on the seat next to you in an outdoor café.
  • Baseball caps and fanny packs will mark you as a tourist anywhere.
  • Video games might do more than get you off your fanny.
British Dictionary definitions for fanny


noun (slang) (pl) -nies
(taboo, Brit) the female genitals
(mainly US & Canadian) the buttocks
Usage note
Despite the theory that this word derives from the name `Fanny', its use in British English is still considered taboo by many people, and is likely to cause offence. In the US the word refers to the buttocks. Serious misunderstanding may therefore arise when what people in Britain know as a `bumbag' is referred to in the US as a `fanny pack'
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Fanny, pet name from Frances
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Word Origin and History for fanny

"buttocks," 1920, American English, from earlier British meaning "vulva" (1879), perhaps from the name of John Cleland's heroine in the scandalous novel "Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" (1748). The fem. proper name is a diminutive of Frances. The genital sense is still the primary one outside U.S., but is not current in American English, a difference which can have consequences when U.S. TV programs and movies air in Britain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fanny



The buttocks; rump; ass: I can hardly sit down, my fanny is so sore

[1920+; fr earlier British fanny, ''vulva,'' perhaps fr John Cleland's 18th-century heroine Fanny Hill]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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