oscitant

oscitant

[os-i-tuhnt]
adjective
1.
yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
2.
drowsy or inattentive.
3.
dull, lazy, or negligent.

Origin:
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

oscitancy, oscitance, noun
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oscitancy or oscitance (ˈɒsɪtənsɪ)
 
n , pl -tancies, -tances
1.  the state of being drowsy, lazy, or inattentive
2.  the act of yawning
 
[C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn]
 
oscitance or oscitance
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn]
 
'oscitant or oscitance
 
adj

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oscitant
"yawning," from L. oscitans, prp. of oscitare "to gape, yawn," from os citare "to move the mouth" (see oral and cite).
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