Definition of Oscitant

1. Adjective. Showing lack of attention or boredom. "The yawning congregation"

Exact synonyms: Drowsy, Yawning
Similar to: Inattentive
Derivative terms: Oscitancy, Oscitancy



Definition of Oscitant

1. a. Yawning; gaping.

Definition of Oscitant

1. Adjective. yawning; gaping ¹

2. Adjective. sleepy; drowsy; sluggish; careless ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Oscitant

1. yawning [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Oscitant

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oscillon
oscillons
oscillopsia
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oscine
oscine bird
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oscinine
oscitance
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oscitant (current term)
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Literary usage of Oscitant

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1. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1810)
"... they must have received it with the grossest corruptions which it had acquired from interested imposture, oscitant negligence, or torpid stupidity. ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"Moving backwards and forwards like a pendulum. oscitant, (cs'-se-tant) a. Yawning ; unusually sleepy ; sleepy ; sluggish. ..."

3. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1852)
"when unobservant of military armor and martial scenes, became oscitant and drowsy. Like their system of law, the active principles of religion and liberty ..."

4. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1852)
"when unobservant of military armor and martial scenes, became oscitant and drowsy. Like their system of law, the active principles of religion and liberty ..."

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