(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·fem·i·nat·ed,ef·fem·i·nat·ing.
to make or become effeminate.
Origin of effeminate
1350–1400;Middle English < Latineffēminātus, equivalent to ef-ef- + fēmin(a) woman + -ātus-ate1
Related formsef·fem·i·nate·ly, adverbef·fem·i·nate·ness, nounef·fem·i·na·tion, nounun·ef·fem·i·nate, adjectiveun·ef·fem·i·nate·ly, adverbCan be confusedeffeminateeffetefemininewomanishwomanly (see synonym study at womanly)
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.