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[an-ik-doh-tij] /ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊ tɪdʒ/
anecdotes collectively.
Origin of anecdotage1
First recorded in 1815-25; anecdote + -age


[an-ik-doh-tij] /ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊ tɪdʒ/
noun, Facetious.
the state of being advanced in age and strongly inclined to tell reminiscent anecdotes:
Grandfather is in his anecdotage.
1815-25; blend of anecdote and dotage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for anecdotage
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  • The publishers will print it, the public will devour it, especially if it be anecdotage.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • That when a man fell into his anecdotage, it was a sign for him to retire.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • For example, would a little spice of malice in her anecdotage be so undesirable?

  • This is my excuse if at times I seem to fall into anecdotage.

  • Someone has wittily said that only those in their anecdotage should tell stories.

    Talks on Talking

    Grenville Kleiser
  • The Englishman has usually a dignified dread of dropping into his “anecdotage.”

    Lost Leaders Andrew Lang
  • I constantly act as phlebotomist to the vanity of the young and to the anecdotage of the senile and senescent.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • I thought my anecdotage scarcely worthy of so much honour; but I promised to make a weekly experiment in the Manchester Guardian.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • Indeed, he would sometimes remark, when a man fell into his anecdotage, it was a sign for him to retire from the world.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • In these years of Old Kennebec's "anecdotage," his pipe was his best listener and his truest confidant.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
British Dictionary definitions for anecdotage


anecdotes collectively
(jocular) talkative or garrulous old age
Word Origin
from anecdote + -age, with play on dotage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anecdotage

"anecdotes collectively," 1823, from anecdote + -age. As a jocular coinage meaning "garrulous old age" it is recorded from 1835, and led to anecdotard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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