Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being costive; constipation.
  • n. Inability to express oneself; stiffness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unnatural retention of the fecal matter of the bowels; constipation.
  • n. Inability to express one's self; stiffness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A morbid retention of fecal matter in the bowels. See constipation.
  • n. Figuratively, slowness in action; especially, slowness or difficulty in giving forth or uttering, in a general sense; closeness; reticence.

Etymologies

From costive +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

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