ef·​fem·​i·​na·​cy | \ ə-ˈfe-mə-nə-sē How to pronounce effeminacy (audio) \

Definition of effeminacy

: the quality of being effeminate

Examples of effeminacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lace, too, was a marker not of effeminacy but of affluence and taste. Piczo, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Brooks hated them all—not least because of the relentless bullying inflicted on him by teammates on account of his effeminacy and sensitivity. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2021 As the nation seeks to make children tougher and young boys more masculine, gaming companies must avoid effeminacy and strictly regulate celebrity endorsement. Yue Wang, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 In both cases, the disapproval has always betrayed fears of effeminacy. Washington Post, 7 June 2019 His taste (in clothes, in food, in decor) marks him as a modern-day dandy, though his imposing frame complicates the stereotypes of effeminacy that many have come to associate with such a label. Manuel Betancourt, The Atlantic, 11 June 2017 Luckily, for me and for Freddie, the stupefying naïveté of the ’70s provided cover for even the most flagrant acts of effeminacy. Jim Farber, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of effeminacy

1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Effeminacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effeminacy. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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