Definition of effeminate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈfemɪnət//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈfemɪnət//
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(of a man or a boy) looking, behaving or sounding like a woman or a girl Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin effeminatus, past participle of effeminare ‘make feminine’, from ex- (expressing a change of state) + femina ‘woman’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: effeminate