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: Middle English effeminat ; from Classical Latin effeminatus past participle of effeminare, to make womanish ; from ex-, out plush femina, a woman: see female
- effeminately adverb
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