emasculate vs sissy what difference

what is difference between emasculate and sissy



From Latin emasculare or emasculō (to emasculate), from ē- (a variant of ex- (suffix denoting privation), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eǵʰs (out)) + masculus (male, masculine; a man) + (suffix forming verbs). Masculus is derived from mās (a man, a male) + -culus (suffix forming a diminutive of a noun).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈmæskjʊleɪt/
  • (General American) enPR: ĭ.măsʹkyə.lāt’, IPA(key): /iˈmæskjəˌleɪt/
  • Hyphenation: emas‧cu‧late


emasculate (comparative more emasculate, superlative most emasculate)

  1. Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned, weak.



emasculate (third-person singular simple present emasculates, present participle emasculating, simple past and past participle emasculated)

  1. (transitive) To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate, to geld. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonym: unman
    1. (specifically) To remove the entire male genitalia (the testicles, scrotum, and penis) of (a person or animal).
  2. (transitive) To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: unman, debilitate, demasculate, enervate, enfeeble
    Antonyms: empower, invigorate, (obsolete) masculate, strengthen
  3. (transitive, botany) Of a flower: to deprive of the anthers.


Related terms

  • emasculated (adjective)
  • emasculation
  • emasculative
  • emasculator
  • emasculatory
  • emasculatrix


Further reading

  • emasculation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • emaculates



  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪsi/
  • Rhymes: -ɪsi
  • Homophone: cissy

Etymology 1

From sis +‎ -y.


sissy (plural sissies)

  1. (derogatory, colloquial) An effeminate boy or man.
  2. (derogatory, colloquial) A timid, unassertive or cowardly person.
    • 1963, Robert Smith, Pro Football: The History of the Game and the Great Players (page 144)
      This was all part of football and if any man was such a sissy he could not stand it, then he had better seek the sidelines.
  3. (BDSM) A male crossdresser who adopts feminine behaviours.
    • 2018, Paul Zante, Sissy Dreams: Motel Sissy (page 4)
      I realised I still held my normal male clothes and dropped them to the floor under the desk, out of the way. [] Would it hurt? Yes, I knew it would from watching videos of sissies being spanked by their dominant mistresses.
  4. (colloquial) Sister.
    • 2008, Rita T. Kohn, William Lynwood Montell, Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians
      Her seven-year-old brother Justin sat on my lap beside her casket. I explained to him why we were staying with his sissy. He wouldn’t leave; he stayed, too. He kissed her, touched her hand, told her he would miss her.
  • (effeminate man or boy): cot-quean (obsolete), janegirl (effeminate boy) (rare); see also Thesaurus:effeminate man
  • (timid or cowardly person): milquetoast, nancy, pussy, quiche-eater; see also Thesaurus:milksop
  • (sister): sis
  • non-sissy
  • unsissy
Derived terms


sissy (comparative sissier, superlative sissiest)

  1. (derogatory) Effeminate.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt’s Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 26]:
      Frontiersmen were never afraid of poetry. It was Big Business with its fear of femininity, it was the eunuchoid clergy capitulating to vulgar masculinity that made religion and art sissy things.
    • 2000, Jeffery Deaver, Manhattan Is My Beat (revised edition), Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 173:
      [] she’d decided the wrapping paper was too feminine. It had a viney pattern that wasn’t anything sissier than you’d see in the old Arabian Nights illustrations. But Richard might think they were flowers.
  2. (derogatory) Cowardly.

Etymology 2

Likely onomatopoetic, perhaps related to French pipi (urine). Compare piss; wee-wee.


sissy (uncountable)

  1. (childish, colloquial) Urination; urine.


sissy (third-person singular simple present sissies, present participle sissying, simple past and past participle sissied)

  1. (childish, colloquial) To urinate.

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