Definitions for effeminateness

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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

ef•fem′i•nate•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, softness, womanishness, unmanliness(noun)

    the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

    "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy"; "Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness"; "he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"

Wiktionary

  1. effeminateness(Noun)

    effeminacy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effeminateness(noun)

    the state of being effeminate; unmanly softness

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