Definitions for effeminateɪˈfɛm ə nɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ef•fem•i•nate*ɪˈfɛm ə nɪt(adj.)

  1. (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.

  2. characterized by softness, delicacy, weakness, or lack of vigor.

* Syn: See female.

Origin of effeminate:

1350–1400; ME < L effēminātus, orig. ptp. of effēmināre to emasculate =ef-ef - +-fēmināre, der. of fēmina woman


Princeton's WordNet

  1. effeminate, emasculate, epicene, cissy, sissified, sissyish, sissy(adj)

    having unsuitable feminine qualities


  1. effeminate(Verb)

    To make womanly; to unman.

  2. effeminate(Adjective)

    Having behaviour or mannerisms considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine.

  3. Origin: From effeminatus, past participle of effeminare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effeminate(adj)

    having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak

  2. Effeminate(adj)

    womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense

  3. Effeminate(verb)

    to make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken

  4. Effeminate(verb)

    to grow womanish or weak

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a man) unmanly or womanish.

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