Definition of androgynous in English:

androgynous

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

1Partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.
More example sentences
  • It was confirmed that the gender of Casey was indeed male, despite his androgynous and ever-youthful appearance.
  • I looked around trying to catch a familiar face, finding them totally anonymous, androgynous, male and female blurring in the shadows.
  • In my experience, opening up more androgynous views of males and females in the role of rescuer with young adults can enhance future discussion on this topic.
1.1 dated Having the physical characteristics of both sexes; hermaphrodite.
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  • They altogether seemed an androgynous and physically challenged group.
  • That is, the alien becomes an androgynous, transsexual reflection of the individual who perceives/imagines it.
  • All were completely identical; tall, lightly built, completely androgynous and holding a harvesting scythe in both hands.

Origin

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

Derivatives

androgynously

adverb
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  • 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

noun
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  • 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.

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