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Oct 25, 2006
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
pertinacious
pixilated
oscitant
punctilious
pococurante
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oscitant

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(OS-i-tant) adjective:
1. Yawning, gaping from drowsiness.
2. Inattentive, dull, negligent.

From Latin oscitant, stem of oscitans, present participle of oscitare (to yawn), from os (mouth) + citare (to move).

"Southey, who has been my corrector, has been strangely oscitant, or, which I believe is sometimes the case, has not understood the sentences."
Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Kessinger Publishing; 2005.

See more usage examples of oscitant in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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