effeminate

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēminō, from fēmina (woman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (adjective): IPA(key): /ɪˈfɛmɪnət/
  • (verb): IPA(key): /ɪˈfɛmɪneɪt/

Adjective[edit]

effeminate (comparative more effeminate, superlative most effeminate)

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

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive, archaic) To make womanly; to unman.
  2. (intransitive) To become womanly.

Noun[edit]

effeminate (plural effeminates)

  1. An effeminate person.
    • 1976, Psychiatry (volumes 39-40, page 246)
      The effeminates are males with obviously recognizable traits and mannerisms; []

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

effeminate

  1. feminine plural of effeminato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

effēmināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of effēminō

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