- suffering from constipation; constipated.
- slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
- Obsolete. stingy; tight-fisted.
Origin of costive
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French *costif, for Middle French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate < Latin constīpāre (see constipate)
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Examples from the Web for costive
I finds un fine to hunt with, and 'tis not so costive as the others.Left on the Labrador
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The stool may be normal or costive, but is very often diarrhoetic.
The hawk is costive, and opens her beak often, as if gasping for more air.The Art and Practice of Hawking
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As one says, "What is more offensive than the breath of a costive child?"Plain Facts for Old and Young
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- having constipation; constipated
C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate
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Word Origin and History for costive
c.1400, from Middle French costivé, from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Suffering from constipation.
- Causing constipation.
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