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
  1. adjective
    lacking traits typically associated with men or masculinity
    synonyms: cissy, emasculate, epicene, sissified, sissy, sissyish
    unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly
    not possessing qualities befitting a man
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