de·​fem·​i·​nize (ˌ)dē-ˈfe-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce defeminize (audio)
defeminized; defeminizing; defeminizes

transitive verb

: to divest of feminine qualities or characteristics : masculinize

Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of defeminize was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Defeminize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants or British defeminise
defeminized or British defeminised; defeminizing or British defeminising
: to divest of feminine qualities or physical characteristics : masculinize
defeminization noun
or British defeminisation
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