verb (used with or without object), ef·fem·i·nat·ed, ef·fem·i·nat·ing.
- efferent duct
Origin of effeminate
Examples from the Web for effeminate
As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.
And did you know that effeminate men in the 18th-century were known as “mollies”?Queer Style A History of Fashion at FIT in New York|Peter Davis|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
According to the sushi chef, the second son is sickly and perceived to be too effeminate to lead the country.
It is easy for the militias to score points by attacking groups that are universally disliked, like effeminate men, Long notes.
Hazlitt shared the popular conception of Keats as an effeminate poet.Hazlitt on English Literature|Jacob Zeitlin
Between Brie and Pont l'Evêque but more delicate than either, though not effeminate.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
And this was in a nation that we have always looked upon as effeminate and excitable!From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade|Frederic C. Curry
As if Matterson's effeminate voice had again goaded him to fury, O'Hara burst out anew.The Great Quest|Charles Boardman Hawes
The effeminate aspect given to his face by his remarkable complexion might easily deceive one as to his real character.The Albert Gate Mystery|Louis Tracy
Word Origin for effeminate
early 15c., from Latin effeminatus "womanish, effeminate," past participle of effeminare "make a woman of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + femina "woman" (see feminine). Rarely used without reproach. Related: Effeminately.