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anile

[ an-ahyl, ey-nahyl ]
/ ˈæn aɪl, ˈeɪ naɪl /
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adjective
of or like a foolish, doddering old woman.
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Origin of anile

1645–55; <Latin anīlis pertaining to an old woman, equivalent to an(us) old woman + -īlis-ile

OTHER WORDS FROM anile

a·nil·i·ty [uh-nil-i-tee], /əˈnɪl ɪ ti/, noun
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How to use anile in a sentence

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

    Locke|Thomas Fowler
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for anile

anile
/ (ˈænaɪl, ˈeɪnaɪl) /

adjective
of or like a feeble old woman

Derived forms of anile

anility (əˈnɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for anile

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

anile
[ ănīl′, ānīl′ ]

adj.
Of or like an old woman.
Senile.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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