Sexual DictionaryDictionary of the F-Word


In a male, characterized by feminine 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.


(1) Francis Bacon (1561-1626): ' The king , by his voluptuous life and mean marriage , became effeminate, and less sensible of honor .'

(2) Alexander Pope (1688-1744): ' In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt .'

See Also: a bit ginger, aging actress, auntie man, beads, beard flit, Beaulah, bent-wrist, Big Bertha, big girl flamboyant, big woman, birdie, black in white TV, broken-wrist, butch-school, buttercup, butterfly ring, camp around, camp bitch, camp it up, camp queen, camp something up, campy, capon, chin-strap, collar and cuff, daffodil, dandy, delicate, effeminacy, effeminate, effete, effie, emasculate, epicene, exoletus, faggoty, faggy, fairy, fan your ass, fancy-pants, fem, feminine, femme, femmy, fish queen, flamer, flaming, flitty, foop, fribble, fruity, gay it up, gaying it, girly-mon, have a dash of lavender, he/she, him-her, himmer, hint of lavender, hint of mint, hip-swishy, horse's hoof, iron hoof, jaisy, ladylike, lavender, lavender boy, light on his feet, light-footed, lilac, lily, lily-livered, limp-wrist, limp-wristed, loose in his loafers, Miss Molly, Miss Nancy, molly, mollycoddle, nance, nancy, nancy boy, Nellie, no bull fighter, old hen, old queen, pansy, pantywaist, pee willy, Percy, ponce, pood, poofy, poud, pretty-boy, prune person, puer, puss gentleman, rancid flower, she-man, she/he, sis, sissified, sissy, sissyish, soiled senior citizen, swish, swishy, three-legged beaver, tommy, tondalayo, tootie fruitie, twiddle poop, twinkle-toes, twit, walk with a lisp, wheelchair set, xanith

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