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[os-i-tuh nt]
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  1. yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
  2. drowsy or inattentive.
  3. 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
Related formsos·ci·tan·cy, os·ci·tance, noun
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Word Origin and History for oscitant


"yawning," from Latin oscitans "listless, sluggish, lazy," present participle of oscitare "to gape, yawn," from os citare "to move the mouth" (see oral and cite).

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