Pronunciation 19th century. Ultimately from Fanny, pet form of the name Frances. Noun


  1. (British, Irish, Australia, NZ, South African, vulgar) The female genitalia. [from 1830s]
    Her dress was so short you could nearly see her fanny.
  2. (North America, informal) The buttocks; arguably the most nearly polite of several euphemisms. [from 1910s]
    Children, sit down on your fannies, and eat your lunch.
    Get off your fanny and get back to work!
  3. (UK, vulgar) Sexual intercourse with a woman.
    get some fanny tonight
  4. (UK, vulgar, uncountable) Women viewed as sexual objects.
    This club is full of fanny.
Synonyms Related terms Noun

fanny (plural fannies)

  1. (UK, naval slang) Mess kettle or cooking pot.
    • 2005, Patrick Halliday, Survival (page 24)
      I put on a big fanny of Ky, that is a straight-sided pot of cocoa for them returning.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of Frances, also used as a female given name.
  • French: Fanny
  • German: Fanny

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