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effeminate

adjective ef·fem·i·nate \ ə-ˈfe-mə-nət \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of effeminate

1 : having feminine qualities untypical of a man : not manly in appearance or manner
2 : marked by an unbecoming delicacy or overrefinement
  • effeminate art
  • an effeminate civilization

Examples of effeminate in a Sentence

  1. He had a high and somewhat effeminate voice.

  2. a comedian deliberately affecting effeminate mannerisms

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Origin and Etymology of effeminate

Middle English, from Latin effeminatus, from past participle of effeminare to make effeminate, from ex- + femina woman — more at feminine

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effeminate

noun

Definition of effeminate

: an effeminate person

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First Known Use of effeminate

1597

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EFFEMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of effeminate for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing qualities that are considered more suited to women than to men : not manly



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