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androgynous Syllabification: an·drog·y·nous
Pronunciation: /anˈdräjənəs/

Definition of androgynous in English:

adjective

1Partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.
Example sentences
  • It was confirmed that the gender of Casey was indeed male, despite his androgynous and ever-youthful appearance.
  • A celebrity in his own right for his androgynous appearance and interesting personality, his works are defined by uniquely loose and symmetrical patterns.
  • With her strong nose and thin, rangy frame, she's still androgynous, but her appearance, 30 years on, now has something of a ‘ragged glory’ aura.
1.1 dated Having the physical characteristics of both sexes; hermaphrodite.

Derivatives

androgynously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • He stands 6'5" and is androgynously thin.
  • Universally dark-haired, skinny and androgynously pretty, The Organ look at first sight like a female Strokes.
  • She appears onstage with short hair, dressed androgynously in pants and a loose shirt.

androgyny

2
Pronunciation: /anˈdräj(ə)nē/
noun
Example sentences
  • What's wrong with a little - or a lot of - androgyny anyway?
  • If androgyny proved unattainable in a small socialist society whose citizens self-selected for radical feminist convictions, how could one bring it about in contemporary America, where most people don't want it?
  • The Melbourne Writers Centre is dominated by women who will only tolerate strangely docile feminised men, who build towards an androgyny and collaborate in a general ‘dumbing down’ of the male.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin androgynus (see androgyne) + -ous.

Words that rhyme with androgynous

autogenous, endogenous, erogenous, exogenous, homogenous, hydrogenous, misogynous

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