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


genderless, unisex, unisexual



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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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Reeves is used for his androgynous remoteness — not a sense of political curiosity. Armond White, National Review, "Is The Matrix the Conservative’s Star Wars?," 30 Aug. 2019 The lead androgynous figure pulls a cart with a prostrate form (one of two in the piece, which provide much of the work’s tension) atop that could be either victim or royalty, depending on the viewer’s frame of mind. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "What to Expect at This Year's Politically-Charged Whitney Biennial," 14 June 2019 Alexander’s androgynous appearance and soft demeanor enable the plot to function, as does Ernst’s mind-blowing commitment to period specificity: from antiquated technology to Jay Wadley’s upbeat, electronic score. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Queer drama about a straight boy is tenderly provocative and markedly vital," 22 Aug. 2019 Would native-speaker Swedes, seven years after getting a new pronoun plugged into their language, be more likely to assume this androgynous cartoon was a man? Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture," 15 Aug. 2019 But today’s pink is also androgynous and gender nonconforming, confident and stone-faced. Jessica Bennett, Vogue, "The New, Subtly Subversive Power of Pink Lipstick," 19 Mar. 2019 Her makeup isn't supposed to be assumed as androgynous either. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Euphoria's Head Makeup Artist Shares Why You've Never Seen Makeup on Television Like This Before," 20 July 2019 Rivas hopes to achieve a sharper jawline and a more androgynous physique without overtly masculine features like facial hair. NBC News, "Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones," 13 July 2019 The bold, baggy and androgynous aesthetic is similar to the musician's trademark on-stage ensembles. Emily J. Sullivan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Partners in Design: Sneakers Inspired by 'SpongeBob' Characters and Jennifer Lopez's Versace Gown," 22 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of androgynous

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


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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