- being at leisure; idle; indolent.
- ineffective or futile.
- superfluous or useless.
Origin of otiose
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Examples from the Web for otiose
Compare the supreme being of the Caribs, beneficent, otiose, unadored.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
Women with otiose husbands have a task to preserve friendship.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
But in the great work of redemption the will of man cannot be otiose.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
He is an absolute master of the otiose word, the superfluous sentence.The Art of Letters
It appears to me that these affable familiar ghosts, practically serviceable, had cast the otiose Atahocan into the background.Magic and Religion
- serving no useful purposeotiose language
- rare indolent; lazy
Word Origin and History for otiose
1794, "unfruitful, futile," from Latin otiosus "having leisure or ease,unoccupied, idle, not busy" (source of French oiseux, Spanish ocioso, Italian otioso), from otium "leisure, free time, freedom from business," of unknown origin. Meaning "at leisure, idle" is recorded from 1850. Cf. Latin phrase otium cum dignitate "leisure with dignity." Earlier adjective in English was otious- "at ease" (1610s), and Middle English had noun otiosity (late 15c.).