What does the word effeminate mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To make or become womanish; weaken.

  • Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Womanish; unmanly.

Usage examples for effeminate

  1. His vigorous sway was followed by the effeminate tyranny of Charles the Second, whose restoration was inaugurated by an unsuccessful expedition against Algiers under Lord Sandwich. – White Slavery in the Barbary States by Charles Sumner
  2. The soft " r" and the hard " a" were taken as proofs of effeminate hypocrisy. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  3. He was handsome in a cruel sort of way and almost effeminate in his liking to stand before them and admire himself. – The Diary of Philip Westerly by Paul Compton