(comparative more effeminately, superlative most effeminately)
- In an effeminate manner.
effeminate + -ly
Variant of effeminate
- having the qualities generally attributed to women, as weakness, timidity, delicacy, etc.; unmanly; not virile
- characterized by such qualities; weak; soft, decadent, etc.: effeminate art
Origin of effeminateMiddle English effeminat ; from Classical Latin effeminatus past participle of effeminare, to make womanish ; from ex-, out + femina, a woman: see female