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EtymologyEdit

Old French oisdif.

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AdjectiveEdit

oisif (feminine singular oisive, masculine plural oisifs, feminine plural oisives)

  1. idle (not engaged in any occupation)
    • 1837 Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manchefr.Wikisource, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Chapter I:
      Or, il faut savoir que cet hidalgo, dans les moments où il restait oisif, c’est-à-dire à peu près toute l’année, s’adonnait à lire des livres de chevalerie....
      Yet, it must be known that this hidalgo, in the moments where he remained idle, that is to say just about the whole year, devoted himself to reading books of chivalry....

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