The word effeminate is used to describe a man or a boy with characteristics that are more often associated with females. You were once teased for your effeminate, high-pitched voice, but now you're a world-renowned singer.

The adjective effeminate comes from Latin roots that mean "womanish." The term is usually meant as an insult. You once thought it was too effeminate for a man to carry a purse, but now you realize how convenient it is. Besides, you often use it to swat at anyone who makes fun of you. If you think it's effeminate to cry during sad movies, that explains why you watch them alone.

Definitions of effeminate

adj having unsuitable feminine qualities

cissy, emasculate, epicene, sissified, sissy, sissyish
unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly
not possessing qualities befitting a man

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