- yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
- drowsy or inattentive.
- dull, lazy, or negligent.
Origin of oscitant
1615–25; < Latin ōscitant- (stem of ōscitāns) (present participle of ōscitāre to gape, yawn), equivalent to ōs mouth + cit(āre) to put in motion) + -ant- -ant
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Word Origin and History for oscitant
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