costive

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French costivé, ultimately from Latin constipatus (constipated).

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AdjectiveEdit

costive

  1. constipated
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, New York: Bloomsbury, OCLC 1036692193, page 346:
      Melanie, who was used to Wani's costive memos, and even to dressing up the gist of a letter in her own words, stuck out her tongue in concentration as she took down Nick's old-fashioned periods and perplexing semicolons.
  2. miserly, parsimonious

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