Definition of animal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈænɪml//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪml//
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[only before noun] relating to the physical needs and basic feelings of people animal desires/passion/instincts animal magnetism (= a quality in somebody that other people find attractive, usually in a sexual way) Word OriginMiddle English: the noun from Latin animal, based on Latin animalis ‘having breath’ from anima, ‘breath’; the adjective via Old French from Latin animalis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: animal