costive

costive

[kos-tiv, kaw-stiv]
adjective
1.
suffering from constipation; constipated.
2.
slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.
3.
Obsolete. stingy; tight-fisted.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French *costif, for Middle French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate < Latin constīpāre (see constipate)

costively, adverb
costiveness, noun
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costive (ˈkɒstɪv)
 
adj
1.  having constipation; constipated
2.  sluggish
3.  niggardly
 
[C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate]
 
'costively
 
adv
 
'costiveness
 
n

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costive
c.1400, from O.Fr. costivé, from L. constipatus, from constipare (see constipation).
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costive cos·tive (kŏs'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Suffering from constipation.

  2. Causing constipation.

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