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[nan-see; French nahn-see] /ˈnæn si; French nɑ̃ˈsi/
a city in and the capital of Meurthe-et-Moselle, in NE France: battles 1477, 1914, 1944.
Also, Nancee, Nancie. a female given name, form of Ann or Anna.
(sometimes lowercase) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. nance.


[mœr-tey-maw-zel] /mœr teɪ mɔˈzɛl/
a department in NE France. 2038 sq. mi. (5280 sq. km).
Capital: Nancy. Unabridged
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  • "But she's the best-looking girl on the island now, Pete," said Nancy Joe.

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  • Do you realize that I haven't seen Nancy since leaving college?

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  • Nancy's smile bespoke a knowledge that seemed to transcend my own.

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  • In the morning Nancy hurried up to the Norrises' as soon as she could.

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  • The pence table they carol merrily to the tune of "Nancy Dawson."

British Dictionary definitions for Nancy


noun (pl) -cies
  1. an effeminate or homosexual boy or man
  2. (as modifier): his nancy ways
Also called nancy boy
Word Origin
C20: from the girl's name Nancy


/ˈnænsɪ; French ˈnɑ̃si/
a city in NE France: became the capital of the dukes of Lorraine in the 12th century, becoming French in 1766; administrative and financial centre. Pop: 103 605 (1999)


/French mœrtemozɛl/
a department of NE France, in Lorraine region. Capital: Nancy. Pop: 718 250 (2003 est). Area: 5280 sq km (2059 sq miles)
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Contemporary definitions for Nancy

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Word Origin and History for Nancy

fem. proper name, probably a pet form of Ancy, diminutive of Middle English Annis "Agnes" (see Agnes). As an adjective meaning "effeminate" (with reference to men) it is from 1904. Among the top 10 popular names for girls born in U.S. between 1935 and 1955.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Nancy



: with his talk of nancy poets, his anti-intellectualism


  1. A male homosexual who takes the passive role (1904+)
  2. An effeminate man; lily: Where you need desperately a man of iron, you often get a nance (1883+)

[said to be fr the nickname of Miss Anna Oldfield, an actress who died in 1730 and was noted for her extreme vanity, fashionable dress, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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