effeminate


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ef·fem·i·nate

 (ĭ-fĕm′ə-nĭt)
adj.
Having or showing qualities or characteristics more often associated with females than males; unmanly: "gentle, kind, effeminate remorse" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English effeminat, from Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēmināre, to make feminine : ex-, ex- + fēmina, woman; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

ef·fem′i·na·cy (-nə-sē), ef·fem′i·nate·ness n.
ef·fem′i·nate n.
ef·fem′i·nate·ly adv.

effeminate

(ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt)
adj
1. (of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
2. lacking firmness or vigour: an effeminate piece of writing.
[C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman]
efˈfeminacy, efˈfeminateness n
efˈfeminately adv

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.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin effēminātus, orig. past participle of effēmināre to emasculate =ef- ef- + -fēmināre, derivative of fēmina woman]
ef•fem′i•nate•ly, adv.
ef•fem′i•nate•ness, n.
syn: See female.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.effeminate - having unsuitable feminine qualities
unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly - not possessing qualities befitting a man

effeminate

adjective womanly, affected, camp (informal), soft, weak, feminine, unmanly, sissy, effete, foppish, womanish, wussy (slang), womanlike, poofy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal) a skinny, effeminate guy in lipstick and earrings
manly, macho, butch (slang), virile, he-man (informal)

effeminate

adjective
Having qualities more appropriate to women than to men:
Translations
مُتَأنِّث، مُتَخَنِّث، كالنِّساء
zženštilý
femininkvindelig
epämiehekäsnaismainen
nőies
kvenlegur
sumoteriškėjęs
mīkstčaulīgssievišķīgs
zniewieściałazniewieściałezniewieściały
zženštilý

effeminate

[ɪˈfemɪnɪt] ADJafeminado

effeminate

[ɪˈfɛmɪnət] adjefféminé(e)

effeminate

adjfeminin, effeminiert (geh)

effeminate

[ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt] adjeffeminato/a

effeminate

(iˈfeminət) adjective
(of a man) unmanly or womanish.

effeminate

a. afeminado,
pop. invertido-a.

effeminate

adj afeminado
References in classic literature ?
When ye despise pleasant things, and the effeminate couch, and cannot couch far enough from the effeminate: there is the origin of your virtue.
It was necessary that Cyrus should find the Persians discontented with the government of the Medes, and the Medes soft and effeminate through their long peace.
Neither is money the sinews of war (as it is trivially said), where the sinews of men's arms, in base and effeminate people, are failing.
The man who had spoken to him was clearly a Cockney, with the clean lines and weakly pretty, almost effeminate, face of the man who has absorbed the sound of Bow Bells with his mother's milk.
I had not been home a full half-hour, after witnessing those playful sham-duels, when circumstances made it necessary for me to get ready immediately to assist personally at a real one--a duel with no effeminate limitation in the matter of results, but a battle to the death.
A pale, delicate, effeminate boy, who might have been taken for my master's younger brother, so strong was the resemblance: but there was a sickly peevishness in his aspect that Edgar Linton never had.
It is possible, however, that Mr Allworthy saw enough to render him a little uneasy; for we are not always to conclude, that a wise man is not hurt, because he doth not cry out and lament himself, like those of a childish or effeminate temper.
There was something shameful, effeminate, Capuan, as he called it to himself, in his present mode of life.
Contempt also is often the cause of their destruction: for though, for instance, those who raised themselves to the supreme power generally preserved it; but those who received it from them have, to speak truth, almost immediately all of them lost it; for, falling into an effeminate way of life, they soon grew despicable, and generally fell victims to conspiracies.
In his youth he would have slain the witch-doctor without the slightest compunction; but civilization had had its softening effect upon him even as it does upon the nations and races which it touches, though it had not yet gone far enough with Tarzan to render him either cowardly or effeminate.
No," said the old man, "and doubtless his adventure is of a nature in line with thy puerile and effeminate teachings.
The elder one, Morgan, was a huge man, bronzed and moustached, with a deep bass voice and an almost guttural speech, and the other, Raff, was slight and effeminate, with nervous hands and watery, washed-out gray eyes, who spoke with a faint indefinable accent that was hauntingly reminiscent of the Cockney, and that was yet not Cockney of any brand she had ever encountered.