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oscitant

[os-i-tuh nt] /ˈɒs ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
2.
drowsy or inattentive.
3.
dull, lazy, or negligent.
Origin
1615-1625
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 forms
oscitancy, oscitance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oscitance

oscitancy

/ˈɒsɪtənsɪ/
noun (pl) -tancies, -tances
1.
the state of being drowsy, lazy, or inattentive
2.
the act of yawning
Official name oscitation
Derived Forms
oscitant, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn
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Word Origin and History for oscitance

oscitant

adj.

"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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