One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British vulgar slang A woman's genitals.
2North American informal A person's buttocks.
buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeksView synonyms
- ‘This is Elvis Presley, wiggling his fanny for posterity.’
- ‘‘You'll find out soon enough,’ Jorge grumbled as he rubbed his fanny.’
- ‘I was able to catch him under the chin, while he was leaning over, and I knocked him flat on his fanny… He calmed down then, and when he got back on his feet he spent the next half hour ministering to the injured.’
- ‘Marketing has to be ‘job one ‘he says, and the bottom line is ‘putting fannies in seats‘.’
- ‘I gave him another shot of cough syrup and a pat on the fanny and sent him back out onto the Play-Doh-covered field.’
verb[no object]fanny about" or "around
Mess around and waste time.‘they were fannying about in the street’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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