Meaning of effeminate


Pronunciation: (adj.i-fem'u-nitv.i-fem'u-nāt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
  1. (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy.
  2. characterized by excessive softness, delicacy, self-indulgence, etc.: effeminate luxury.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to make or become effeminate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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