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anile

[an-ahyl, ey-nahyl] /ˈæn aɪl, ˈeɪ naɪl/
adjective
1.
of or like a foolish, doddering old woman.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin anīlis pertaining to an old woman, equivalent to an(us) old woman + -īlis -ile
Related forms
anility
[uh-nil-i-tee] /əˈnɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anility

anile

/ˈænaɪl; ˈeɪnaɪl/
adjective
1.
of or like a feeble old woman
Derived Forms
anility (əˈnɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin anīlis, from anus old woman
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anility in Medicine

anility a·nil·i·ty (ə-nĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.
See dotage.

anile an·ile (ān'īl', ā'nīl')
adj.

  1. Of or like an old woman.

  2. Senile.

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