oscitance

noun
1. drowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning
Syn: ↑oscitancy
Derivationally related forms: ↑oscitant (for: ↑oscitancy)
Hypernyms: ↑sleepiness, ↑drowsiness, ↑somnolence, ↑dullness, ↑obtuseness
2. an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
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he could not suppress a yawn

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the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop

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he apologized for his oscitancy

Syn: ↑yawn, ↑yawning, ↑oscitancy
Derivationally related forms: ↑oscitant (for: ↑oscitancy), ↑yawn (for: ↑yawning), ↑yawn (for: ↑yawn)
Hypernyms:
Hyponyms: ↑pandiculation

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • oscitance — os·ci·tance (ŏsʹĭ təns) n. Oscitancy. * * * …   Universalium

  • oscitance —   n. yawning; sleepiness; dullness.    ♦ oscitant, a.    ♦ oscitation, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • oscitancy — noun 1. drowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning • Syn: ↑oscitance • Derivationally related forms: ↑oscitant • Hypernyms: ↑sleepiness, ↑drowsiness, ↑somnolence, ↑dullness …   Useful english dictionary

  • oscitant — oscitancy, oscitance, n. /os i teuhnt/, adj. 1. yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping. 2. drowsy or inattentive. 3. dull, lazy, or negligent. [1615 25; < L oscitant (s. of oscitans) (prp. of oscitare to gape, yawn), equiv. to os mouth + cit(are) to …   Universalium

  • inattention — n 1. inattentiveness, preoccupation, distraction, detachment, forgetfulness, absent mindedness, inadvertence, oversight; daydreaming, mental wandering, woolgathering, nodding, oscitance, reverie, staring into space, inapplication, brown study,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • lassitude — n 1. languor, languidness, lethargy, sluggishness, loginess, heaviness, slow motion, slowness; drowsiness, sleepiness, soporiferousness, oscitance, oscitancy; stagnation, stagnancy, stagnance, inaction, inactivity, inactiveness, inexertion,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • lethargy — n 1. sluggishness, dullness, hebetude, slowness, heaviness, phlegm; stupefaction, stupor, torpor, torpidity, torpidness, numbness; inertia, inactivity, lifelessness, inertness, spiritlessness, inanition, comatoseness, comatosity. 2. languor,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • sleepiness — n 1. drowsiness, tiredness, slumber ousness, somnolence, somnolency, oscitance, oscitan cy, (in the Middle East) kef; hypnosis, hypnotism. 2. sluggishness, languor, lassitude, lethargy, torpor, torpidity, torpidness, comatoseness, comatosity. 3.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • oscitant — /ˈɒsətənt/ (say osuhtuhnt) adjective 1. gaping; yawning. 2. drowsy; inattentive. 3. Rare indolent; negligent. {Latin oscitans, present participle} –oscitancy –oscitance, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • drowsiness — noun a very sleepy state (Freq. 1) sleepiness causes many driving accidents • Syn: ↑sleepiness, ↑somnolence • Ant: ↑wakefulness (for: ↑sleepiness) …   Useful english dictionary

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