V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. more characteristic of women than men; 2. descriptive of feminine appearance of behavior in a male
Synonyms: feminine, womanish, unmanly
Antonyms: masculine, manly
Tips: Effeminate usually carries a negative connotation, because it connotes unsuitable softness or feminine qualities.
The boy imitated his sister mockingly by raising his voice and giving an effeminate wave of his hand. (feminine)
Members of the football team generally avoided any effeminate behavior in the locker room. (unmanly, womanish)
Society has changed its definitions of effeminate behavior; sensitivity and child-rearing are now much more acceptable for men. (feminine)
For such a big, masculine man, he has a rather effeminate voice. (feminine)
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