androgynous

adjective
an·​drog·​y·​nous | \ an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \

Definition of androgynous

1 : having the characteristics or nature of both male and female androgynous heroines
2a : neither specifically feminine nor masculine the androgynous pronoun them
b : suitable to or for either sex androgynous clothing
3 : having traditional male and female roles obscured or reversed an androgynous marriage

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Other Words from androgynous

androgynously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for androgynous

Synonyms

genderless, unisex, unisexual

Antonyms

gendered

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Examples of androgynous in a Sentence

the androgynous hairdos favored by the hip an actor whose androgynous looks are at the heart of his appeal

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Barbie is getting a gender-bending androgynous new look through House Mattel that’s meant to honor the late Davie Bowie. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Barbie gets dolled up as David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust," 12 July 2019 This more androgynous self was coming out of my more traditionally feminine body. Jane Ratcliffe, Longreads, "‘Brokenness and Holiness Really Go Together’: Darcey Steinke on Menopause," 15 June 2019 Camp has roots in LGBTQ culture, and some have interpreted it as a style that’s androgynous, fabulously garish, and even absurd. Terry Nguyen, Teen Vogue, "Zazie Beetz’s Suit-Dress Is The Definition of Camp," 7 May 2019 George Michael and Freddie Mercury were androgynous peacocks who projected transgressive allure, their queerness a wide-open secret. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age," 17 June 2019 Milosh, who formed Rhye with producer Robin Hannibal but now works it as a solo project, is best known for his breathy, androgynous contralto. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: New music from Deb Never, Sublime with Rome and Rhye," 5 June 2019 The actress embraces her chameleonic fashion impulses with both hands, flaunting a classically feminine silhouette on the red carpet one moment, and then switching things up with a daring, androgynous look the next. Vogue, "Elizabeth Debicki Is Redefining the Look of Australian Cool," 20 Mar. 2019 In re-imagining the striking women captured in the legendary lensman's iconic swimming pool photographs for Balmain yet again, McKnight put an androgynous twist on the sleek-haired look. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Bombshell Beauty Lessons Straight From the Balmain Runway," 28 Sep. 2018 Tattooed and lithe with short dark hair, Sanchez was among the newcomers handpicked by casting director Ashley Brokaw for a show that featured androgynous, gender fluid, and transgender models, many of whom had never walked before. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Spanish Model Miriam Sanchez Went From Studying Business to Walking Vuitton," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of androgynous

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for androgynous

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

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The first known use of androgynous was in 1651

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More Definitions for androgynous

androgynous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of androgynous

: having both male and female characteristics or qualities
: suitable for both men and women

androgynous

adjective
an·​drog·​y·​nous | \ an-ˈdräj-ə-nəs How to pronounce androgynous (audio) \

Medical Definition of androgynous

: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female

Other Words from androgynous

androgyny \ -​nē How to pronounce androgyny (audio) \ noun, plural androgynies

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