from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or like an old woman.
  • adj. Senile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of a crone or a feeble old woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Old-womanish; imbecile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Old-womanish; imbecile: as, “puerile or anile ideas,” Walpole, Catalogue of Engravers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or like a feeble old woman


Latin anīlis, from anus, old woman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anīlis, from anus ("old woman"). (Wiktionary)



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