intransitive verb-·nized·, -·niz·ing
to make or become feminine or effeminate
Origin of feminizefrom Classical Latin femina, woman + -ize
transitive verbfem·i·nized, fem·i·niz·ing, fem·i·niz·es
- To cause to have qualities that are perceived as feminine: “The compassion … is so insistently present [in this crime novel] that it feminizes the narrative” ( Lee Horsley )
- To cause (a male) to assume physical characteristics of a female, as through the influence of hormones.
(third-person singular simple present feminizes, present participle feminizing, simple past and past participle feminized)