Simple Definition of effeminate
: having or showing qualities that are considered more suited to women than to men : not manly
Full Definition of effeminate
1 : having feminine qualities untypical of a man : not manly in appearance or manner
2 : marked by an unbecoming delicacy or overrefinement <effeminate art> <an effeminate civilization>
Examples of effeminate in a sentence
He had a high and somewhat effeminate voice.
<a comedian deliberately affecting effeminate mannerisms>
Origin and Etymology of effeminate
Middle English, from Latin effeminatus, from past participle of effeminare to make effeminate, from ex- + femina woman — more at feminine
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of effeminate
: an effeminate person
First Known Use of effeminate
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