Definition of anecdotage in English:

anecdotage

noun

mass noun
  • 1Anecdotes collectively.

    ‘a number of reports cannot be dismissed as anecdotage’
    • ‘The lively scientific spat between Professors Higgs and Hawking has trailed a predictable plethora of anecdotage in its wake, much of it designed to illustrate Hawking's ‘mischievous sense of humour’.’
    • ‘More anecdotage - I know that at least one domestic violence charity finds it very hard to get major corporate charitable sponsorship because it's perceived as ‘breaking up homes’.’
    • ‘Knowing the facts's very important; knowing the people helps (there's a fair bit of anecdotage and I-was-there-ism in Hitchens's journalism).’
    • ‘When well-loved artists and entertainers die there are formal tributes, interviews with friends, a gush of doting anecdotage, but that's as far as it goes.’
    • ‘More than just anecdotage, his meandering memoir evokes an innocent time in New Zealand.’
    • ‘In the choices a lifetime offers he had ultimately left himself nowhere to turn except to the consolations of talk - anecdotage at its richest, in full flood.’
    • ‘He is as much in his anecdotage as anyone I have interviewed, and they are not exactly new stories.’
    • ‘He scatters anecdotage as he guides you through his ‘houses’.’
    • ‘Surely so important a figure in Indian cinema and so charismatic a star deserves something better than anecdotage, gossip and platitudes for the story of his life, career and times.’
    • ‘He was alarmed that among non-fiction publications based on PhD theses, anything that seeks to move beyond anecdotage to argument and analysis becomes fair game for reviewers.’
    • ‘News From No Man's Land mixes the anecdotage of the earlier books with a much more explicit and opinionated analysis of the state of television news.’
    • ‘The question raised by this display, and by Hodgson's alienated anecdotage on stage, is: can he be for real?’
  • 2humorous Old age, especially in someone who is inclined to be garrulous.

    ‘it is not within many of us to emulate such a feat in our anecdotage’
    • ‘As Disraeli said: ‘When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.’’
    • ‘Happy to slip into their anecdotage, they affectionately remember the stresses and strains of life on the factory floor, touring, recording and funding a funeral parlour that become their safe haven when it all became too much to bear.’
    • ‘The fruity little tale he told about the double entendre he had committed regarding the French prime minister said it all: this was an elder statesman in his anecdotage.’
    • ‘In his anecdotage, with so many of his old friends dead, he's discovered a new way of getting to sleep.’
    • ‘There is the tendency, to be found in all politicians in their anecdotage, to make copious reference to her own previous speeches of five, 10 and 20 years ago.’

Pronunciation

anecdotage

/ˈanɪkdəʊtɪdʒ/