[ 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

a·nil·i·ty [uh-nil-i-tee] /əˈnɪl ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anile

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

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

    Locke|Thomas Fowler

British Dictionary definitions for anile


/ (ˈænaɪl, ˈeɪnaɪl) /


of or like a feeble old woman

Derived Forms

anility (əˈnɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for anile

C17: from Latin anīlis, from anus old woman
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Medicine definitions for anile


[ ănīl′, ānīl′ ]


Of or like an old woman.
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