Definitionfeminine manner and speech, possessing qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men, affecting stereotypical female mannerisms. Generally used in a mocking or reproachful sense.
Etymology: From the Latin effeminare, meaning to make feminine; entered English in the 15 th century.
Synonyms: female; flaming; limp-wristed; non-manly; pansy; sissyish; unmanly; womanish.
(2) Alexander Pope (1688-1744): ' In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt.'
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