Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To make or become womanish; weaken.

Part of speech: adjective

Womanish; unmanly.

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Usage examples "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", Charles Sumner.
  2. The soft " r" and the hard " a" were taken as proofs of effeminate hypocrisy. - "In a Little Town", 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", Paul Compton.