[ kon-stuh-pey-tid ]
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  1. having a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent: Most constipated people need more fluids and fiber.

  2. slow-moving or immobilized, as by overregulation, backlogs, etc.: Such an approach only adds to a bloated bureaucracy and constipated decision-making.

  1. overly stiff, repressed, or conventional; uptight: She describes her husband as “emotionally constipated.”

Origin of constipated

First recorded in 1540–50; constipat(e) + -ed2

Other words from constipated

  • un·con·sti·pat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby constipated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use constipated in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for constipated


/ (ˈkɒnstɪˌpeɪtɪd) /

  1. suffering from constipation

  2. subject to restriction or blockage in a flow of productive activity or creativity

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