Definition of androgynous in English:


Line breaks: an|dro¦gyn¦ous
Pronunciation: /anˈdrɒdʒɪnəs


  • 1Partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex: a stunningly androgynous dancer he used surgery and cosmetics to make his face look pasty and bizarrely androgynous
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    • 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.



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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.


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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.


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

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