Definition of anal
1 : of, relating to, situated near, or involving the anus an anal fin
2 psychoanalytic theory a : of, relating to, characterized by, or being the stage of psychosexual development which follows the oral stage (see 1oral 3) and during which the child is concerned especially with its fecesb : of, relating to, characterized by, or being personality traits (such as parsimony, meticulousness, and ill humor) considered typical of fixation at the anal stage of development : anal-retentive an anal disposition —often used in nontechnical contexts to describe someone as extremely or excessively neat, careful, or precise I have a mania for neatness in some matters that is almost anal. — Joseph Heller
anallyplay \-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of anal in a Sentence
He can be pretty anal about keeping his office neat.
Recent Examples of anal from the Web
Anal pain could also potentially point toward endometriosis, says ob/gyn Aimee D. Eyvazzadeh, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Jeffrey Lord is the devil’s anal wart come to life to suck the excess dingleberries that sometimes form around Trump’s hairy anus.
Nick Saban can be anal-retentive to the point of obnoxiousness.
The word hemorrhoid actually refers to cushions of tissue that line the anal canal.
Anal sex does not always qualify as sex between two penis owners.
What's the best timing—relative to meals and bowel movements—to have anal sex?
Unlike Addie and Susie, Daria is (or was) a sexed-up Italian Marxist and part-time literary critic, a devotee of club drugs and anal sex and the novels of William Gaddis.
Profiting from contraband Inmates claimed that in addition to hiding contraband in their anal cavities, they also were given bricks of tobacco taped to the bottom of coolers to carry back with them into Sampson Correctional.
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ANAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anal for English Language Learners
biology : of, relating to, or located near the anus
: extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise
ANAL Defined for Kids
Definition of anal for Students
: relating to the anus
Medical Definition of anal
1: of, relating to, or situated near the anus the anal opening anal fissures
2a: of, relating to, or characterized by the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory that follows the oral stage and during which a child derives libidinal gratification from the expulsion and retention of the feces and conflict arises from parental demands regarding toilet training During the anal stage, from about 18 months to 3 years, the sphincter muscles become sensitive and controllable and bowel and bladder retention and elimination become a source of gratification.—David G. Myers, Psychology, 2001b: of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits (as orderliness, frugality, and obstinacy) considered typical of fixation at the anal stage of development : anal-retentive—often used in nontechnical contexts to describe someone as extremely or excessively neat, careful, or precise; compare genital 3, oral 3, phallic 2
Medical Definition of anal
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