effeminate

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English effeminat, effemynat, from Latin effēminātus, past participle of effēminō, from fēmina (woman).

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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.
  2. (obsolete) Womanly; tender, affectionate, caring.

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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive, archaic or nonstandard) To make womanly; to unman.
    • , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.134:
      the studie of sciences doth more weaken and effeminate mens minds, than corroborate and adapt them to warre.
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§106”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: [] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, [], →OCLC:
      It will not corrupt or effeminate their [children's] minds.
    • 2003 April 13, AlannahLouis, “Thoughts on #308 - THREE GAYS OF THE CONDO”, in alt.tv.simpsons[1] (Usenet):
      I mean the represenstation of gay men on The Simpsons is getting more one-dimensional. For several years Smithers was quite masculine, yet the writers have effeminated him gradually (collecting Barbies, for instance), now he's rollerblading down the street with rainbow hotpants on?
  2. (intransitive) To become womanly.

NounEdit

effeminate (plural effeminates)

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

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

effeminate

  1. feminine plural of effeminato

LatinEdit

VerbEdit

effēmināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of effēminō

ReferencesEdit

  • effeminate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • effeminate”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • effeminate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette