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[an-ik-doh-tij] /ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊ tɪdʒ/
anecdotes collectively.
Origin of anecdotage1
1815-25; anecdote + -age


[an-ik-doh-tij] /ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊ tɪdʒ/
noun, Facetious.
the state of being advanced in age and strongly inclined to tell reminiscent anecdotes:
Grandfather is in his anecdotage.
1815-25; blend of anecdote and dotage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for anecdotage
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  • Someone has wittily said that only those in their anecdotage should tell stories.

    Talks on Talking Grenville Kleiser
  • The publishers will print it, the public will devour it, especially if it be anecdotage.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • This is my excuse if at times I seem to fall into anecdotage.

  • I constantly act as phlebotomist to the vanity of the young and to the anecdotage of the senile and senescent.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • Indeed, he would sometimes remark, when a man fell into his anecdotage, it was a sign for him to retire from the world.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • In these years of Old Kennebec's "anecdotage," his pipe was his best listener and his truest confidant.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • For example, would a little spice of malice in her anecdotage be so undesirable?

  • Instantly in poured other infuriated old Etonians, also in anecdotage, to pit their memories against his.

  • Indeed, he would sometimes remark, when a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
  • The Englishman has usually a dignified dread of dropping into his “anecdotage.”

    Lost Leaders Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for anecdotage


anecdotes collectively
(jocular) talkative or garrulous old age
Word Origin
from anecdote + -age, with play on dotage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anecdotage

"anecdotes collectively," 1823, from anecdote + -age. As a jocular coinage meaning "garrulous old age" it is recorded from 1835, and led to anecdotard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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