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[an-ahyl, ey-nahyl] /ˈæn aɪl, ˈeɪ naɪl/
of or like a foolish, doddering old woman.
Origin of anile
1645-55; < Latin anīlis pertaining to an old woman, equivalent to an(us) old woman + -īlis -ile
Related forms
[uh-nil-i-tee] /əˈnɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • He is evidently childish, and breaks now and then into an anile laugh at the thought, no doubt, of some dead old pot-house jest.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • Locke was now far too eminent a man to be troubled by so anile a demonstration of folly.

    Locke Thomas Fowler
  • Our babbling, anile friend, in the very looseness of her prating has let out the truth.

British Dictionary definitions for anile


/ˈænaɪl; ˈeɪnaɪl/
of or like a feeble old woman
Derived Forms
anility (əˈnɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin anīlis, from anus old woman
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anile in Medicine

anile an·ile (ān'īl', ā'nīl')

  1. Of or like an old woman.

  2. Senile.

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