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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androgynously adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The volunteer told her about a site called Dapper Boi, which offers gender-neutral and androgynous clothing in a range of sizes and fits. Washington Post, "For trans people, shopping for a wardrobe is all about trial and error," 1 Jan. 2020 In-game, Cid looks much like herself: androgynous, with short hair and an all-black outfit that could have come from a trendier Army surplus store. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Party Goes On in Massive Online Worlds," 1 Apr. 2020 But looking closer reveals that the nude androgynous figures are posed in the same stance as the armor. Daniel Mcdermon, New York Times, "8 Outdoor Art Installations in New York to Get Excited About," 25 May 2018 In Ossos, Costa had tamped her performance down to a steely, confrontational posture, emphasizing her heavy-browed, androgynous beauty. Will Noah, The New York Review of Books, "Pedro Costa, Filming the Saga of Lisbon’s Cabo Verdeans," 3 Mar. 2020 Each song is based off a specific memory of Ash’s and, as such, acts as a intensely personal documentation of her rise within the tri-state ballroom scene, as well as her journey within the space as an androgynous, lesbian woman. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "Ash B Is the Voguing Rapper Subverting Femininity With Her "Memories of an A.G."," 19 Apr. 2019 People tend to only ask about pronouns when someone is visibly androgynous. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "Unsure of someone’s pronouns? Here’s what to do.," 22 Nov. 2019 Milwaukee Rep artistic director Mark Clements stages the fiery rock musical in the intimate Stiemke Studio, transforming it into the kind of rock club where the androgynous Hedwig and band would have performed. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "20 enticing Milwaukee concerts and shows in early 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The rest are fairly interchangeable, though Gian Perez as cocky guitarist Kevin does get to rock some amusingly outré androgynous looks. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sing Street': Theater Review," 17 Dec. 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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“Androgynous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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