[adjective ih-fem-uh-nit; verb ih-fem-uh-neyt]
- (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.
- characterized by excessive softness, delicacy, self-indulgence, etc.: effeminate luxury.
- to make or become effeminate.
Origin of effeminate
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1. See female.
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Examples from the Web for effeminate
As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
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
September 14, 2013
According to the sushi chef, the second son is sickly and perceived to be too effeminate to lead the country.Kim Jong Il Names Successor
July 23, 2010
It is easy for the militias to score points by attacking groups that are universally disliked, like effeminate men, Long notes.Iraq's Anti-Gay Pogrom
August 16, 2009
I would say,” answered Charmidas, “that he was a mean-spirited, effeminate fellow.
"Effeminate,—very," muttered the old lady, as she wiped her spectacles.Barrington
Charles James Lever
The chief gods of Sidon and Tyre have nothing luxurious or effeminate about them.History of Religion
The soft "r" and the hard "a" were taken as proofs of effeminate hypocrisy.In a Little Town
They are very idle, gay and effeminate, and I fear that they will lead you astray.The Indian Fairy Book
- (of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
- lacking firmness or vigouran effeminate piece of writing
C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman
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Word Origin and History for effeminate
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