- suffering from constipation; constipated.
- slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
- Obsolete. stingy; tight-fisted.
Origin of costive
Related Words for costivecheap, close, close-fisted, frugal, miserly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, tight, tightfisted, blocked, clogged
Examples from the Web for costive
Historical Examples of costive
I finds un fine to hunt with, and 'tis not so costive as the others.Left on the Labrador
He took no other medicine, except a little rhubarb when costive.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses
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
Edward B. Michell
As one says, "What is more offensive than the breath of a costive child?"Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
- having constipation; constipated
Word Origin for costive
Word Origin and History for costive
c.1400, from Middle French costivé, from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation).
- Suffering from constipation.
- Causing constipation.