- yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
- drowsy or inattentive.
- dull, lazy, or negligent.
Origin of oscitant
1615–25; < Latin ōscitant- (stem of ōscitāns) (present participle of ōscitāre to gape, yawn), equivalent to ōs mouth + cit(āre) to put in motion) + -ant- -ant
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Related Words for oscitancylaziness, apathy, passivity, paralysis, inactivity, torpor, torpidity, lethargy, sloth, idleness, listlessness, stillness, stupor, lassitude, languor, indolence, immobilization, dullness, unresponsiveness, drowsiness
Examples from the Web for oscitancy
Historical Examples of oscitancy
Its necessary concomitants, are official inattention and oscitancy.Four Early Pamphlets
- the state of being drowsy, lazy, or inattentive
- the act of yawning
Official name: oscitation
Word Origin for oscitancy
C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn
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Word Origin and History for oscitancy
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