[ os-i-tuh nt ]
/ ˈɒs ɪ tənt /
yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
drowsy or inattentive.
dull, lazy, or negligent.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM oscitantos·ci·tan·cy, os·ci·tance, noun
Words nearby oscitant
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Example sentences from the Web for oscitancy
Its necessary concomitants, are official inattention and oscitancy.Four Early Pamphlets|William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for oscitancy
/ (ˈɒsɪtənsɪ) /
noun plural -tancies or -tances
the state of being drowsy, lazy, or inattentive
the act of yawning
Official name: oscitation
Derived forms of oscitancyoscitant, adjective
Word Origin for oscitancy
C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn
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