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Definitions for effeminate
ɪˈfɛm ə nɪtef·fem·i·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. effeminate, emasculate, epicene, cissy, sissified, sissyish, sissyadjective

    having unsuitable feminine qualities

Wiktionary

  1. effeminateverb

    To make womanly; to unman.

    Etymology: From effeminatus, past participle of effeminare.

  2. effeminateadjective

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

    Etymology: From effeminatus, past participle of effeminare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effeminateadjective

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

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

  2. Effeminateadjective

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

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

  3. Effeminateverb

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

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

  4. Effeminateverb

    to grow womanish or weak

    Etymology: [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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of effeminate in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  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. 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,'.

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