[an-ahyl, ey-nahyl]
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Origin of anile

1645–55; < Latin anīlis pertaining to an old woman, equivalent to an(us) old woman + -īlis -ile
Related formsa·nil·i·ty [uh-nil-i-tee] /əˈnɪl ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for anility

feebleness, decline, age, dotage, senescence, senectitude, anility

British Dictionary definitions for anility


  1. of or like a feeble old woman
Derived Formsanility (əˈnɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for anile

C17: from Latin anīlis, from anus old woman
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anility in Medicine


  1. dotage


[ănīl′, ānīl′]
  1. Of or like an old woman.
  2. Senile.
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