9 Grammatical Pitfalls
early 15c., from Latin effeminatus "womanish, effeminate," past participle of effeminare "make a woman of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + femina "woman" (see feminine). Rarely used without reproach. Related: Effeminately.
effemination ef·fem·i·na·tion (ĭ-fěm'ə-nā'shən)n. The acquisition of feminine characteristics, either physiologically by women, or pathologically by persons of either sex.