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androgynous

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adjective an·drog·y·nous \an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs\

Simple Definition of androgynous

  • : having both male and female characteristics or qualities

  • : suitable for both men and women

Full Definition of androgynous

  1. 1 :  having the characteristics or nature of both male and female

  2. 2 a :  neither specifically feminine nor masculine <the androgynous pronoun them> b :  suitable to or for either sex <androgynous clothing>

  3. 3 :  having traditional male and female roles obscured or reversed <an androgynous marriage>

an·drog·y·nous·ly adverb
an·drog·y·nyplay \-nē\ noun

Examples of androgynous

  1. <the androgynous hairdos favored by the hip>

  2. <an actor whose androgynous looks are at the heart of his appeal>



Origin of androgynous

Latin androgynus hermaphrodite, from Greek androgynos, from andr- + gynē woman — more at queen


First Known Use: 1651


Medical Dictionary

androgynous

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adjective an·drog·y·nous \an-ˈdräj-ə-nəs\

Medical Definition of androgynous

  1. :  having the characteristics or nature of both male and female

  2. an·drog·y·ny \-nē\play noun, plural an·drog·y·nies





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