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effeminate

[ifem′init]
Etymology: L, effeminare, to make womanish
womanly or female in physical and mental characteristics, regardless of biological sex.

effeminate

adjective Referring to a feminine appearance and/or behaviour, especially of or by a man.

effeminate

(ĕ-fĕm′-ĭ-năt)
1. Pert. to a male who has the appearance or mannerisms traditionally considered feminine.
2. Excessively soft, delicate, or self-indulgent.
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IT'S a long time since Jason McAteer flicked his fringe so effeminately in that Wash And Go advert.
Was the effeminately beautiful Earl of Southampton, Henry Wriothesley, also the Mr.
She's got her own personal stylist - the inevitably effeminately gay Joel (Diedrich Bader substituting for Michael Caine's camp consultant from the first film) and a hostile designated bodyguard, Sam Fuller (an uncomfortable looking Regina King), a sour FBI agent with anger management issues the narrative never really bothers to explain.
25) In Scene I of Byron's drama the title character is described by Salemenes (the king's brother-in-law) as "femininely garb'd, and scarce less female," and Byron's stage directions in the same scene underscore the point: "Enter SARDANAPALUS effeminately dressed, his Head crowned with Flowers, and his Robe negligently flowing, attended by a Train of Women and young Slaves.
It wasn't as if he had ever behaved effeminately and I'd never found him before wearing any of my clothes or putting on my make-up.
Vera's father Robert Thompson, who had been a dockers' leader in the General Strike of 1926, had little time for the wails and squeaks of the effeminately -toned king.
With his face made up more elaborately than a modest woman, he was effeminately dressed up in golden necklaces and soft clothes, dancing for everyone to see in this state," an ancient historian wrote.
Chasnoff wonders about the classmate charged with King's murder, now-15-year-old Brandon McInerney: "He grew up with no one challenging his belief system, so by eighth grade it was so threatening for another boy to express his affection or dress effeminately that he thought to kill him.
Just as the ball fell at his feet Dyer, leaning against the post, effeminately kicked out his right heel.
Among the three smartly dressed officers who were interminably playing cards and had under their command in the village some forty soldiers, the barely perceptible senior position was occupied by the very youngest and most aristocratic -- an effeminately powdered lieutenant.