- Anal is defined as someone who is really uptight or particular and who always wants things a certain way.
An example of someone who is anal is a person who always lines up his socks by color and by level of wear, who perfectly folds them and puts them into specific boxes in his dresser and who insists on wearing them in a particular order.
- The definition of anal is something that is associated with or near the opening in the body at the lower end of the intestines where feces are expelled.
When a child between the ages of one and three becomes very interested in his bowel movements, then that is an example of the anal stage of his development.
- of or near the anus
- designating or of the second stage of psychosexual development, in which interest centers in excretory functions
- designating or of such traits in the adult as orderliness, stinginess, and obstinacy, regarded as unconscious psychic residues of that stage
- Informal excessively or obsessively orderly, stingy, stubborn, etc.
Origin of analModern Latin analis from anus, anus
- Of, relating to, or near the anus.
- Psychology a. Of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, roughly from ages one to three, during which gratification is derived from sensations associated with the anus and defecation. The anal stage is preceded by the oral stage and followed by the phallic stage.b. Indicating personality traits considered by psychoanalytic theory to originate during the anal stage of development, especially anal-retentive traits.
Origin of analFrom Latin ānus anus
(comparative more anal, superlative most anal)
- of, related to, intended for or involving the anus
- anal thermometer
- an anal examination
- anal sex
- (psychoanalysis) of the stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region.
- (psychology) of a person, obsessed with neatness, accuracy, compulsiveness and stubbornness, 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural anals)
- An individual member of that ethnic group.