Adjective "effeminate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a man) having characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly.
  1. 'Nearly every Englishman of working-class origin considers it effeminate to pronounce a foreign word correctly.'
  2. 'Then two old ladies started kicking up a fuss telling the boys off, making the bigger one get protective of the more effeminate one.'
  3. 'He had extremely effeminate hands and gestures.'
  4. 'He is artsy, creative, colourful and ultimately effeminate.'
  5. 'They adopt feminine dress, footwear donned not for wear but for show, and an affected effeminate gait.'
  6. 'Thus they make a great point of being hostile to gay men, especially to effeminate gay men.'
  7. 'It's the tale of a delicate, sheltered little prince who leaves his castle and ventures into a world with no patience for effeminate and ineffectual aristocrats.'
  8. 'He noted a soft, effeminate soldier across the way.'
  9. 'While I was at High School, there was a guy in the year above me who was picked on and teased mercilessly because he was effeminate.'
  10. 'What Westerners construed as effeminate is in fact virile, an assertion of perfected control and independence.'


1. (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.

2. characterized by excessive softness, delicacy, self-indulgence, etc.: effeminate luxury. verb (used with or without object), effeminated, effeminating.

3. to make or become effeminate.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be effeminate in youths."

"people can be effeminate."

"ways can be effeminate."

"voices can be effeminate."

"torches can be effeminate."

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Late Middle English: from Latin effeminatus, past participle of effeminare ‘make feminine’, from ex- (expressing a change of state) + femina ‘woman’.