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effeminate

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adjective ef·fem·i·nate \-nət\

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. 1 :  having feminine qualities untypical of a man :  not manly in appearance or manner

  2. 2 :  marked by an unbecoming delicacy or overrefinement <effeminate art> <an effeminate civilization>

Examples of effeminate

  1. He had a high and somewhat effeminate voice.

  2. <a comedian deliberately affecting effeminate mannerisms>



Origin 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


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effeminate

noun ef·fem·i·nate

Definition of effeminate

  1. :  an effeminate person



1597

First Known Use of effeminate

1597



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