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[fem] /fɛm/
noun, Slang.
a lesbian who is notably feminine in appearance.
Origin of femme
< French: woman; see feme Unabridged
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/French fam; English fɛm/
a woman or wife
(fɛm). a lesbian who adopts a feminine role in a relationship
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Word Origin and History for femme

French, literally "woman," from Old French feme, from Latin femina (see feminine). Slang meaning "passive and more feminine partner in a lesbian couple" attested by 1961.

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Slang definitions & phrases for femme



  1. : looks more like a post deb than a femme comic/ whereas women with big heads of fat hair always look femme
  2. : Butch-femme role players are sad relics of the uptight past


  1. A woman: He has aired the fem that got him the job (1900+ Students)
  2. A lesbian who takes a passive, feminine role in sex (1970s+ Homosexuals)
  3. An effeminate homosexual male: active or passive, manly (''stud'') or womanly (''fem'') (1970s+ Homosexuals)

[fr French, ''woman'']

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