follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Definitions for otiose

  1. being at leisure; idle; indolent.
  2. ineffective or futile.
  3. superfluous or useless.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for otiose
This is not an otiose question but rather a serious one that goes to the very root of the ethics of photojournalism, its training and practice. James Estrin, "Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography," New York Times, April 24, 2015
A verbal fig-leaf. The mild or vague expression being General Studies. The harsh or direct one, Useless Knowledge. The otiose…the trash, the department of why bother? Alan Bennett, The History Boys, 2004
Origin of otiose
1785-1795
Otiose came to English in the late 1700s from the Latin ōtiōsus meaning "at leisure."