Effeminate Definition

ĭ-fĕmə-nĭt
adjective
Having the qualities traditionally attributed to women, as weakness, timidity, delicacy, etc.; unmanly; not virile.
Webster's New World
Characterized by such qualities; soft, decadent, etc.
Effeminate art.
Webster's New World
The definition of effeminate is behaving like a woman or in a weak way.
An example of something effeminate is a voice that is high pitched.
An example of something effeminate is a handshake that is soft and gentle.
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(often derogatory, of a man or boy) Having behaviour or mannerisms considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
masculinemanly
verb

(archaic) To make womanly; to unman.

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Origin of Effeminate

  • Middle English effeminat from Latin effēminātus past participle of effēmināre to make feminine ex- ex- fēmina woman dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēmināre.

    From Wiktionary

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