[pan-dik-yuh-ley-shuh n]


the act of stretching oneself.

Nearby words

  1. pandemoniacal,
  2. pandemonic,
  3. pandemonium,
  4. pander,
  5. panderly,
  6. pandit,
  7. pandit, vijaya lakshmi,
  8. pandora,
  9. pandora shell,
  10. pandora's box

Origin of pandiculation

1640–50; < Latin pandiculāt(us) past participle of pandiculārī to stretch oneself, derivative of pandere to stretch (see -ate1) + -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pandiculation



the act of stretching and yawning, esp on waking
a yawn

Word Origin for pandiculation

C17: from Latin pandiculari, from pendere to stretch

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Word Origin and History for pandiculation



1610s, noun of action from Latin pandiculat-, past participle stem of pandiculari "to stretch oneself," from pandere "to stretch" (see pace (n.)).

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