What does effeminate mean?

Definitions for effeminateɪˈfɛm ə nɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word effeminate.

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

  5. Origin: [L. effeminatus, p. p. of effeminare to make a woman of; ex out + femina a woman. See Feminine, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effeminate

    ef-fem′in-āt, adj. womanish: unmanly: weak: cowardly: voluptuous.—n. an effeminate person.—v.t. to make womanish: to unman: to weaken.—v.i. to become effeminate.—n. Effem′inacy, womanish softness or weakness: indulgence in unmanly pleasures.—adv. Effem′inately.—n. Effem′inateness. [L. effemināre, -ātum, to make womanish—ex, out, and femina, a woman.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effeminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effeminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leatrice Eiseman:

    But it does take a man who would look at it and say, 'I am not threatened by wearing pink' or 'I don't think I am going to be viewed by other people as being too effeminate if I wore pink,'.

  2. Nathan Earl:

    Any type of outreach poster... regarding trafficking is typically the teenage girl with pigtails, just seeing that formally encourages that stigma that you are weak, that you are effeminate if you are a victim. There is still such a stigma attached to male victimization.

  3. Michael Gilman:

    Around the turn of the century, as men’s brands started to come out, people started to realize that taking care of yourself is not effeminate or girly, some of those taboos came down, and more barbershops and spas broke the barriers and let men know it’s OK to do this stuff.

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