Feminine rhyme
Feminine Fem"i*nine, a. [L. femininus, fr. femina woman; prob. akin to L. fetus, or to Gr. qh^sqai to suck, qh^sai to suckle, Skr. dh[=a] to suck; cf. AS. f[=ae]mme woman, maid: cf. F. f['e]minin. See {Fetus}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; characteristic of a woman; womanish; womanly. [1913 Webster]

Her letters are remarkably deficient in feminine ease and grace. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the qualities of a woman; becoming or appropriate to the female sex; as, in a good sense, modest, graceful, affectionate, confiding; or, in a bad sense, weak, nerveless, timid, pleasure-loving, effeminate. [1913 Webster]

Her heavenly form Angelic, but more soft and feminine. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Ninus being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine, and subject to ease and delicacy. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

{Feminine rhyme}. (Pros.) See {Female rhyme}, under {Female}, a.

Syn: See {Female}, a. [1913 Webster]


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  • feminine rhyme — noun : double rhyme in verses with feminine endings (as motion, ocean) * * * ˌfeminine ˈrhyme 7 [feminine rhyme] noun uncountable, countable …   Useful english dictionary

  • feminine rhyme — rhyme where the final syllable is not emphasized, unstressed rhyme …   English contemporary dictionary

  • feminine rhyme — fem′inine rhyme′ n. pro a rhyme either of two syllables of which the second is unstressed (double rhyme), as in motion, notion or of three syllables of which the second and third are unstressed(triple rhyme) as in fortunate, importunate[/ex] •… …   From formal English to slang

  • feminine rhyme — /fɛmənən ˈraɪm/ (say femuhnuhn ruym) noun a rhyme of two syllables of which the second is unstressed, as motion, notion (double rhyme), or of three syllables of which the second and third are unstressed, as fortunate, importunate (triple rhyme) …   Australian English dictionary

  • feminine rhyme — noun A disyllabic rhyme that occurs on an unaccented final syllable …   Wiktionary

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  • Feminine (disambiguation) — Feminine, or femininity, normally refers to qualities positively associated with women. Feminine may also refer to: *Feminine (grammar), a grammatical gender *Feminine cadence, a final chord falling in a metrically weak position *Feminine rhyme,… …   Wikipedia

  • Feminine — Fem i*nine, a. [L. femininus, fr. femina woman; prob. akin to L. fetus, or to Gr. qh^sqai to suck, qh^sai to suckle, Skr. dh[=a] to suck; cf. AS. f[=ae]mme woman, maid: cf. F. f[ e]minin. See {Fetus}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a woman, or to women; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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