Effeminate vs. Sissy - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Sissy

    Sissy is a pejorative term, especially in the U.S., for an effeminate boy or man, with connotations of being homosexual or cowardly.

Wiktionary

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    Exhibiting behaviour or mannerisms considered typical of a female; unmasculine.

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    Womanly; tender, affectionate, caring.

  • Effeminate (verb)

    To make womanly; to unman.

  • Effeminate (verb)

    To become womanly.

  • Effeminate (noun)

    An effeminate person.

  • Sissy (noun)

    An effeminate boy or man.

  • Sissy (noun)

    A timid, unassertive or cowardly person.

  • Sissy (noun)

    A male crossdresser who adopts feminine behaviours.

  • Sissy (noun)

    Sister.

  • Sissy (noun)

    Urination; urine.

  • Sissy (adjective)

    Effeminate.

  • Sissy (adjective)

    Cowardly.

  • Sissy (verb)

    To urinate.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    (of a man) having characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly

    "he lisps and his handshake is effeminate"

Webster Dictionary

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak.

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    Womanlike; womanly; tender; - in a good sense.

  • Effeminate

    To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.

  • Effeminate (verb)

    To grow womanish or weak.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    having unsuitable feminine qualities

  • Effeminate (adjective)

    characterized by excessive softness or self-indulgence;

    "an effeminate civilization"

  • Sissy (noun)

    a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive

  • Sissy (adjective)

    having unsuitable feminine qualities

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