(someone is) effeminate

"Effeminate" is an adjective that means "like a woman". But it's usually used to describe men. A man who looks or acts somewhat like a woman can be called "effeminate".

This is different from someone born as a man who dresses like a woman, however. There are many terms for such people, including "transsexual" and "crossdresser".

If you want to describe a woman who looks like a woman, you can say that she is "feminine" or "girly".

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