an·​drog·​y·​nous | \an-ˈdrä-jə-nəs \

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
androgyny \an-​ˈdrä-​jə-​nē \ noun

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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This may be an idealistic enterprise—retro hippie, androgynous artisanal—but Mr. Eckhaus and Ms. Latta have a razor-sharp understanding of fashion-industry systems. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Eckhaus Latta: Possessed’ Review: Sustainability for Sale," 13 Aug. 2018 Finish with loafers and a smokey eye for a major androgynous aesthetic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 27 June 2018 However, Taeyong presented it in an incredibly modern, androgynous way that reflects millennial beauty standards in not only Korea but also America. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Taeyong of NCT Opens Up to Allure About the Importance of Hair and Makeup in K-Pop," 16 May 2018 Take a look at the unnerving new clip above, and pay special attention to Shake’s trademark androgynous style. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "070 Shake Shows Off Her Androgynous Style in Her Trippy New Music Video," 5 June 2018 Her charges are a small cohort of androgynous juveniles, who bear the immature reproductive tissues of both sexes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 Historically, envelope-pushing menswear designers who have struggled to find an audience for their more androgynous, adventurous designs have turned inward, reinventing everything from the fanny pack to pockets to work boots. Liz Raiss, GQ, "This Summer's Best Sandals Got the Big Ugly Sneaker Treatment," 4 July 2018 Jay Gordon was rarely seen without androgynous, glam-rock makeup, like Dead or Alive’s Pete Burns. Richard S. He, Billboard, "August 18, 1998: Korn, Kid Rock, Orgy & The Biggest Day in Nu-Metal History," 30 May 2018 The impactful words popped up on the screen like a PowerPoint, which P!NK prepared for her daughter later about androgynous rock stars. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "P!nk Sings 'Just a Girl' With Gwen Stefani & 6 More Highlights From LA Concert," 1 June 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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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 \

Medical Definition of androgynous 

: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female

Other Words from androgynous

androgyny \-​nē \ noun, plural androgynies

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