American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or like an old woman.
- adj. Senile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Old-womanish; imbecile: as, “puerile or anile ideas,” Walpole, Catalogue of Engravers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Old-womanish; imbecile.
- adj. of or like a feeble old woman
- From Latin anīlis, from anus ("old woman"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin anīlis, from anus, old woman. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The other was anile, which led me to uncover what I like to call the Great Anile Conspiracy — a strange and almost exciting phenomenon that I hope to detail in an upcoming post.”
“Once again, being too specific results in being rather anile (anybody want to graph this?).”
“Learning how to simultaneously walk and chew gum will soon be added to the menu of anile crap that our self-regarding progressive school system 'facilitates'.”
“She says in an anile thready high cracking voice, "Oh, you're reading.”
“Whether they are actuated by folly and anile devotion, or whether by arrogance and malice so that they alone may be held to possess the secrets of God, I know not: this much I do know, that I find in their writings nothing which has the air of a Divine secret, but only childish lucubrations.”
“A friend of mine was dining at a large dinner of clergymen, and a story, as true as the sausage story above given, was told regarding me, by one of those reverend divines, in whose frock sits some anile chatter-boxes, as any man who knows this world knows.”
“Not too be too anile, but I think that is from A New Pilgrims Progress, not Roughing it”
“Croaker expended a great deal of energy keeping the anile off his face, but Lillehammer had gone red.”
“Our babbling, anile friend, in the very looseness of her prating has let out the truth.”
“It may have been his voyage to India, or his monastic profession, or his study of Scripture, or something unknown that made him take up the part of a Christian Aristotle; in any case he felt himself called into the field to support the cause of St. Augustine against infidelity, and to refute the "anile fable" of the Antipodes.”
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