Definition of effeminate in English:


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  • (with reference to a man) having characteristics and ways of behaving traditionally associated with women and regarded as inappropriate for a man.

    • ‘John is depicted as an effeminate young man with flowing hair and delicate hands’
    • ‘I knew that gay men were not necessarily effeminate’
    • ‘he was picked on by his peers for his lisp and his effeminate manner’
    • ‘While I was at High School, there was a guy in the year above me who was picked on and teased mercilessly because he was effeminate.’
    • ‘There were effeminate guys who were looking for more macho guys.’
    • ‘The effeminate males in view were youths, not children.’
    • ‘They adopt feminine dress, footwear donned not for wear but for show, and an affected effeminate gait.’
    • ‘It's the tale of a delicate, sheltered little prince who leaves his castle and ventures into a world with no patience for effeminate and ineffectual aristocrats.’
    • ‘By making ‘gay’ equate with effeminate, society has done a good job of creating a minority closed category which forces people to take sides.’
    • ‘That's the thing with a lot of straight guys, they think that because we're gay we're submissive and all effeminate and we're going to back down.’
    • ‘And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not?’
    • ‘What Westerners construed as effeminate is in fact virile, an assertion of perfected control and independence.’
    • ‘He is artsy, creative, colourful and ultimately effeminate.’
    • ‘He had extremely effeminate hands and gestures.’
    • ‘Nearly every Englishman of working-class origin considers it effeminate to pronounce a foreign word correctly.’
    • ‘A furtive homosexual, he pocked his fiction with scathing descriptions of effeminate men.’
    • ‘One of them was a skinny, young black fellow who wore spectacles and spoke with an effeminate voice.’
    • ‘I don't think cooking is effeminate - I'd question the sexual orientation of anyone who said that!’
    • ‘Then two old ladies started kicking up a fuss telling the boys off, making the bigger one get protective of the more effeminate one.’
    • ‘Thus they make a great point of being hostile to gay men, especially to effeminate gay men.’
    • ‘He noted a soft, effeminate soldier across the way.’
    • ‘I've been told it's one of Derek's more effeminate moments.’
    • ‘Smith spends the remainder of the film chomping on cigars with an effeminate scientist.’
    effete, unmanly, womanish, foppish, affected, niminy-piminy, mincing, posturing, queeny, campy
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/əˈfemənət/ /əˈfɛmənət/


Late Middle English from Latin effeminatus, past participle of effeminare ‘make feminine’, from ex- (expressing a change of state) + femina ‘woman’.