effeminateness

effeminate

[adj. ih-fem-uh-nit; v. ih-fem-uh-neyt]
adjective
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 object), verb (used without object), effeminated, effeminating.
3.
to make or become effeminate.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin effēminātus, equivalent to ef- ef- + fēmin(a) woman + -ātus -ate1

effeminately, adverb
effeminateness, noun
effemination, noun
uneffeminate, adjective
uneffeminately, adverb

effeminate, effete, feminine, womanish, womanly (see synonym study at womanly).


1. See female.
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effeminate (ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt)
 
adj
1.  (of a man or boy) displaying characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; not manly
2.  lacking firmness or vigour: an effeminate piece of writing
 
[C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman]
 
ef'feminacy
 
n
 
ef'feminateness
 
n
 
ef'feminately
 
adv

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effeminate
early 15c., from L. effeminatus, pp. of effeminare "make a woman of," from ex- "out" + femina "woman" (see feminine). Rarely used without reproach.
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