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 ?
The race that formed the character of the Haytiens was a worn-out, effeminate one; and, of course, the subject race will be centuries in rising to anything.
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.
He privately smoothed out the curls, with labor and dif- ficulty, and plastered his hair close down to his head; for he held curls to be effeminate, and his own filled his life with bitterness.
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.
In his own effeminate way he was more handsome than ever that evening.
From Mans effeminate slackness it begins, Said th' Angel, who should better hold his place By wisdome, and superiour gifts receavd.
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.
However brutal my reasoning may appear, I conjure you, then, to believe me, and to turn away your thoughts from those early days of youth in which you took up this habit of love -- days of effeminate carelessness, which soften the heart and render it incapable of consuming those strong, bitter draughts called glory and adversity.
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.
To even the little manliness his classical prototypes possessed, though, he can lay no claim whatever, being a listless effeminate noodle, on the shady side of forty.
There are no caricatures, now, of effeminate exquisites so arrayed, swooning in opera boxes with excess of delight and being revived by other dainty creatures poking long-necked scent-bottles at their noses.
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.