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effeminate

ef·fem·i·nate

effeminate

 
pronunciation:
ih fe m niht
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of a man or boy, having qualities of appearance, manner, or behavior conventionally associated with feminine rather than masculine gender; unmanly.
Though women found the actor's slightly effeminate looks highly attractive, many men thought the actor did not look tough enough for the part.
synonyms:
unmanly, unmasculine, womanish
antonyms:
butch, manly, masculine, virile
similar words:
female, feminine
derivations: effeminately (adv.), effeminateness (n.)
Word Parts
The word effeminate contains the following part:
fem, femin Latin root that means female, woman
synonyms:
gyn, gyno, gyne, gynec, gyneco