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effeminate

[ adjective ih-fem-uh-nit; verb ih-fem-uh-neyt ]
/ adjective 瑟藞f蓻m 蓹 n瑟t; verb 瑟藞f蓻m 蓹藢ne瑟t /
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adjective
(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.
verb (used with or without object), ef路fem路i路nat路ed, ef路fem路i路nat路ing.
to make or become effeminate.
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Origin of effeminate

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English effeminat, from Latin eff膿min膩t-, past participle stem of eff膿min膩re 鈥渢o make feminine,鈥 equivalent to ef- ef- + f膿min(a) 鈥渨oman鈥 + -膩re infinitive suffix

synonym study for effeminate

1. See female.

OTHER WORDS FROM effeminate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH effeminate

effeminate , effete, feminine, womanish, womanly
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How to use effeminate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for effeminate

effeminate
/ (瑟藞f蓻m瑟n瑟t) /

adjective
(of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
lacking firmness or vigouran effeminate piece of writing

Derived forms of effeminate

effeminacy or effeminateness, nouneffeminately, adverb

Word Origin for effeminate

C14: from Latin eff膿min膩re to make into a woman, from f膿mina woman
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