Effeminate

  • 1 Effeminate — Ef*fem i*nate, a. [L. effeminatus, p. p. of effeminare to make a woman of; ex out + femina a woman. See {Feminine}, a.] 1. Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish;… …

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  • 2 Effeminate — Ef*fem i*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Effeminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Effeminating}.] To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken. [1913 Webster] It will not corrupt or effeminate children s minds. Locke. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 Effeminate — Ef*fem i*nate, v. i. To grow womanish or weak. [1913 Webster] In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt. Pope. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 effeminate — early 15c., from L. effeminatus womanish, effeminate, pp. of effeminare make a woman of, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + femina woman (see FEMININE (Cf. feminine)). Rarely used without reproach. Related: Effeminately …

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  • 5 effeminate — [e fem′ə nit, ifem′ə nit] adj. [ME effeminat < L effeminatus pp. of effeminare, to make womanish < ex , out + femina, a woman: see FEMALE] 1. having the qualities generally attributed to women, as weakness, timidity, delicacy, etc.;… …

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  • 6 effeminate — adj womanish, womanlike, womanly, feminine, *female, ladylike Analogous words: emasculated, enervated, unmanned (see UNNERVE): epicene (see BISEXUAL): *soft, mild, gentle, lenient, bland: pampered, indulged, humored, mollycoddled (see INDULGE)… …

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  • 7 effeminate — [adj] having female qualities epicene, feminine, womanish, womanlike, womanly; concepts 401,404 Ant. manly, masculine …

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  • 8 effeminate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a man) having characteristics regarded as typical of a woman. DERIVATIVES effeminacy noun effeminately adverb. ORIGIN from Latin effeminare make feminine …

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  • 9 effeminate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin effeminatus, from past participle of effeminare to make effeminate, from ex + femina woman more at feminine Date: 15th century 1. having feminine qualities untypical of a man ; not manly in… …

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  • 10 effeminate — [[t]ɪfe̱mɪnət[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a man or boy as effeminate, you think he behaves, looks, or sounds like a woman or girl. ...a skinny, effeminate guy in lipstick and earrings... His voice was curiously high pitched,… …

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  • 11 effeminate — effeminately, adv. effeminateness, n. effemination, n. adj. /i fem euh nit/; v. /i fem euh nayt /, adj., v., effeminated, effeminating. adj. 1. (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness… …

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  • 12 effeminate — adjective a man who is effeminate looks or behaves like a woman: very young and handsome in an effeminate way effeminacy noun (U) effeminately adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 effeminate — 1. adjective /ɛˈfɛmɪnət,ɪˈfɛmɪnət/ Having behaviour or mannerisms considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine. Syn: camp 2. verb /ɛˈfɛmɪnət,ɪˈfɛmɪnət/ To make womanly; to …

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  • 14 effeminate — ef|fem|i|nate [ıˈfemınət] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: effeminatus, from femina woman ] a man who is effeminate looks or behaves like a woman >effeminately adv >effeminacy n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 effeminate — ef|fem|i|nate [ ı femınət ] adjective an effeminate man looks, behaves, or speaks like a woman …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 effeminate —    (of a male) homosexual    Literally, having the characteristics of a woman:     She wondered for a moment if he might be what people called effeminate. (Follett, 1978) …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 17 effeminate — I. a. [Said of men.] Womanish, feminine, timorous, unmanly. II. v. a. Unman, soften, emasculate, emolliate, make or render effeminate …

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  • 18 effeminate — adjective an effeminate bartender Syn: womanish, effete, foppish, unmanly, feminine; informal camp, campy, flaming Ant: manly …

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  • 19 effeminate — UK [ɪˈfemɪnət] / US adjective an effeminate man looks, behaves, or speaks like a woman …

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  • 20 effeminate — [ɪˈfemɪnət] adj showing disapproval an effeminate man looks, behaves, or speaks like a woman …

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