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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Definitions for oscitant

  1. Yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
  2. Drowsy or inattentive.
  3. Dull, lazy, or negligent.

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Citations for oscitant
The sauntering, supine, and oscitant gentleman, by his birth and great possessions, exempt from labor and exercise, therefore is entitled to diseases. Anonymous, Gentleman's magazine and monthly American review, Volume 5
In the suite, I asked Miss Stone what was the worst question that reporters would ask her. She gave me an oscitant gaze and said, "They ask me how I got my break." Chris Curtis, The Turning Point
Origin of oscitant
1615-1625
Oscitant derives from the Latin oscitare, "to gape or yawn."