effeminacy (efˈfeminacy) or effeminateness (efˈfeminateness)
Word origin of 'effeminate'
C14: from Latin effēmināre to make into a woman, from fēmina woman
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graded adjective & adjective
If you describe a man or boy as effeminate, you think he behaves, looks, or sounds like a woman or girl. [disapproval] ⇒ ...a skinny, effeminate guy in lipstick and earrings. ⇒ His voice was curiously high-pitched, reedy, almost effeminate.