- 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
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Examples from the Web for anile
Locke was now far too eminent a man to be troubled by so anile a demonstration of folly.Locke
Our babbling, anile friend, in the very looseness of her prating has let out the truth.
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
- of or like a feeble old woman
C17: from Latin anīlis, from anus old woman
- Of or like an old woman.
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