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The word ‘effeminate’ is used to describe a man who looks and/or behaves in a way that is considered more typical of a woman. The term is most commonly used to express disapproval at such behaviour, and is therefore frequently associated with close-mindedness, out-dated attitudes, and bullying. However, sometimes the application of the word is simply intended to be descriptive.
The male singer’s voice was quite high-pitched, bordering on effeminate, but it produced a pure and evocative sound.
Peter’s father forbade him from doing ballet as a boy because he felt it was too effeminate. He ended up playing football instead.
Sean quit the army after months of being routinely mocked and bullied for his apparent effeminacy.