Origin of anecdotage

First recorded in 1815–25; anecdote + -age


noun Facetious.
  1. the state of being advanced in age and strongly inclined to tell reminiscent anecdotes: Grandfather is in his anecdotage.

Origin of anecdotage

1815–25; blend of anecdote and dotage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for anecdotage

Historical Examples of anecdotage

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for anecdotage


  1. anecdotes collectively
  2. jocular talkative or garrulous old age

Word Origin for anecdotage

from anecdote + -age, with play on dotage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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