1. a female given name, form of Frances.

noun, plural fan·nies. Informal.

  1. the buttocks.

noun plural -nies slang

  1. taboo, British the female genitals
  2. mainly US and Canadian the buttocks

“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.

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