Oscitant Os"ci*tant, a. [L. oscitans, -antis, p. pr. of oscitare: cf. F. oscitant.] 1. Yawning; gaping. [1913 Webster]

2. Sleepy; drowsy; dull; sluggish; careless. [1913 Webster]

He must not be oscitant, but intent on his charge. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

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  • oscitant — os·ci·tant …   English syllables

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