effeminate

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

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.
    • 1759, Richard Hurd, Moral and Political Dialogues
      An effeminate and unmanly foppery.
  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) To make womanly; to unman.
  2. (intransitive) To become womanly.

NounEdit

effeminate (plural effeminates)

  1. An effeminate person.
    • 1976, Psychiatry (volumes 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