Definition of Fanny Adams in English:

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Fanny Adams

Pronunciation: /fanɪˈadəmz/


British informal
1 (also sweet Fanny Adams) Nothing at all: I know sweet Fanny Adams about mining
More example sentences
  • Your Auntie or your Granny would be more likely to substitute ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ rather than use the naughty word.
  • The fact is, of course, that ‘proper talks’ tend to end up with the union getting sweet Fanny Adams besides a bit more chat about about partnership and training.
  • To use a quaint British phrase, I know sweet Fanny Adams about the media on the other side of the pond.
2A nautical term for tinned meat or stew.
Example sentences
  • The British Royal Navy adopted the term "Fanny Adams" to mean the canned mutton that had recently joined their rations, since the meat had a rather suspiciously smooth appearance.


Late 19th century (in Fanny Adams (sense 2)): black humour, from the name of a murder victim circa1870. Fanny Adams (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century, and is sometimes understood as a euphemism for fuck all.

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