- 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 costiveness
Persons afflicted with headache should beware of costiveness: their drink should be diluting, and their feet and legs kept warm.
Costiveness of the bowels, if not counteracted, may end in serious consequences.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
Costiveness from increased action of the intestinal absorbents.Zoonomia, Vol. II
If there is fulness and pain in the head from costiveness, Bell.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
Costiveness, though not a uniform, is yet a prevailing symptom.
- having constipation; constipated
C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate
Word Origin and History for costiveness
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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