Top definition. A term used to refer to a person who feels a need to be in control of all aspects of his or her surroundings. Or, in other words, an anal retentive person " can't let go of shit. My anal retentive parents won't let me leave the description of an anal personality without leaving them with an addressname, and phone number for my destination. A mild form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. A collection of very irritating personality traits that include stubbornness, orderliness, and a desire to control others and their surroundings.