• IPA: /ˈeɪ.nəl/


  1. (not comparable) of, related to, intended for or involving the anus.
    anal thermometer
    an anal examination
    anal sex
  2. (psychoanalysis) Of the stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is alleged to be concentrated on the anal region.
  3. (psychology) Of a person, compulsive and stubborn, obsessed with neatness and accuracy, supposedly from not having progressed beyond the anal stage.
    Please don't touch his furniture, as he can get very anal about things like that.
  4. (entomology, of a vein) Proximate to the thorax.
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  1. Any of the anal scales of a reptile.
  2. (informal) Anal sex.
    In the right mood, I'll accept anal.
    I'll do anything except anal.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. An ethnic group found in Manipur in India, and in Burma/Myanmar, closely related to the Kuki people.
  2. The Northern Kukish (Sino-Tibetan) language spoken by these people, sometimes called Namfau after the two largest villages it is spoken in.
Translations Noun

anal (plural anals)

  1. An individual member of that ethnic group.

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