from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Suffering from constipation.
- adj. Causing constipation.
- adj. Slow; sluggish.
- adj. Stingy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. constipated
- adj. miserly, parsimonious
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Retaining fecal matter in the bowels; having too slow a motion of the bowels; constipated.
- adj. Reserved; formal; close; cold.
- adj. Dry and hard; impermeable; unyielding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Suffering from a morbid retention of fecal matter in the bowels, in a hard and dry state; having the excrements retained, or the motion of the bowels sluggish or suppressed; constipated.
- Figuratively, slow in action; especially, slow in giving forth ideas or opinions, etc.; uncommunicative; close; unproductive.
- Hard and dry; caked.
- Producing costiveness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating
Middle English costif, from Old French costeve, past participle of costever, to constipate, from Latin cōnstīpāre; see constipate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman *costif, ultimately from Latin constipatus ‘constipated’. (Wiktionary)