Word of the Day
Thursday, August 10, 2000

Definitions for otiose

  1. Ineffective; futile.
  2. Being at leisure; lazy; indolent; idle.
  3. Of no use.

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Citations for otiose
Mr. Federspiel's surreal flourishes and commentaries straddle the line between interesting and otiose. Most of the surrealism is pretty but pointless. D. F. Wallace, New York Times
Although the wild outer movements and the angular Minuet can take such clockwork precision, the Andante, with its obsessive, claustrophobic dialogues between strings and bassoons, seemed sluggish and otiose. Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Origin of otiose
Otiose is from Latin otiosus, "idle, at leisure," from otium, "leisure."