Definition of anecdotage in English:



mass noun
  • 1Anecdotes collectively.

    ‘a number of reports cannot be dismissed as anecdotage’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The question raised by this display, and by Hodgson's alienated anecdotage on stage, is: can he be for real?’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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 scatters anecdotage as he guides you through his ‘houses’.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is as much in his anecdotage as anyone I have interviewed, and they are not exactly new stories.’
    • ‘More than just anecdotage, his meandering memoir evokes an innocent time in New Zealand.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In his anecdotage, with so many of his old friends dead, he's discovered a new way of getting to sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Disraeli said: ‘When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.’’
    • ‘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.’