feminine Version of Macho Swagger “The bully I fear the most ... is me.”
But many among the Conservative old guard cringed at its “feminine” sounding message.
She invariably adds a feminine touch, a strategy often employed by women in positions of power.
This includes not displaying signs of any “weakness,” or even “feminine emotions,” and not making other people uncomfortable.
All guys want is somebody who is soft, feminine, who feels good.
There will come times when you will be grateful for these feminine headaches.
Leave this lady to me; I know how to manage these feminine vixens.
She laughed, more because it was the feminine way than in her feeling.
She was in as feminine a fright as though she had never braved a danger.
Well;—perhaps it may be that a more perfect form of feminine beauty may be ascribed to another.
mid-14c., "of the female sex," from Old French femenin (12c.) "feminine, female; with feminine qualities, effeminate," from Latin femininus "feminine" (in the grammatical sense at first), from femina "woman, female," literally "she who suckles," from root of felare "to suck, suckle" (see fecund). Sense of "woman-like, proper to or characteristic of women" is recorded from mid-15c.
The interplay of meanings now represented in female, feminine, and effeminate, and the attempt to make them clear and separate, has led to many coinages: feminitude (1878); feminile "feminine" (1640s); feminility "womanliness" (1838); femality (17c., "effeminacy;" 1754 "female nature"). Also feminality (1640s, "quality or state of being female"), from rare adjective feminal (late 14c.), from Old French feminal. And femineity "quality or state of being feminine," from Latin femineus "of a woman, pertaining to a woman."