Etymology
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oscitant (adj.)

"sleepy, drowsy, sluggish," literally "yawning, gaping," 1620s, from Latin oscitans "listless, sluggish, lazy," present participle of oscitare "to gape, yawn," from os citare "to move the mouth" (see oral and cite). Related: Oscitancy.

updated on October 05, 2019

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Definitions of oscitant from WordNet

oscitant (adj.)
showing lack of attention or boredom;
Synonyms: drowsy / yawning
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