When you refer to a man as being effeminate, what you mean is that he is unmanly. In other words,
an effeminate person behaves, looks, and sounds like a woman rather than a man. The word is normally used with men. It is used to show disapproval.

Examples: The students made fun of the principal’s effeminate walk. * Tarun’s effeminate
manner raised eyebrows among the members of the club.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – December 18, 2006.


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