effeminate

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēmināre.

Adjective[edit]

effeminate (comparative more effeminate, superlative most effeminate)

  1. (often derogatory, of a man or boy) Having behaviour or mannerisms considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine.
    • Bishop Hurd
      An effeminate and unmanly foppery.
  2. (obsolete) womanly; tender
    • Shakespeare
      Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛˈfɛmɪnət/, /ɪˈfɛmɪnət/

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

effeminate (third-person singular simple present effeminates, present participle effeminating, simple past and past participle effeminated)

  1. (archaic) To make womanly; to unman.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 134:
      the studie of sciences doth more weaken and effeminate mens minds, than corroborate and adapt them to warre.
    • John Locke
      It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.

Pronunciation[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

effeminate

  1. feminine plural of effeminato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

effēmināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of effēminō