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Friday, February 17, 2017

Definitions for oscitant

  1. drowsy or inattentive.
  2. yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
  3. dull, lazy, or negligent.

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Citations for oscitant
I dread the arrival of the delivery man, who will be even more oscitant than this man at the take-out phone. J. D. Landis, Lying in Bed, 1995
The obvious answer is admin, but that is very boring. And also quite hard at this lazy, pre-evening, pinkish, oscitant time of day. Scarlett Thomas, The Seed Collectors, 2015
Origin of oscitant
1615-1625
The Latin verb ōscitāre means “to yawn, gape (of animals)”; “to turn toward the sun (of plants)”; and by extension “to be listless drowsy, inactive, half asleep.” The word entered English in the early 17th century.