American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being at rest or ease; not at work; unemployed; inactive; idle.
- Made, done, or performed in a leisurely, half-hearted way; perfunctory, negligent; careless; hence, ineffective; vain; futile; to no purpose.
- adj. Resulting in no effect.
- adj. Reluctant to work or to exert oneself.
- adj. Having no reason for being (raison d’être); having no point, reason, or purpose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Being at leisure or ease; unemployed; indolent; idle.
- adj. disinclined to work or exertion
- adj. producing no result or effect
- adj. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
- From Latin ōtiōsus ("idle"), from ōtium ("ease") (Wiktionary)
- Latin ōtiōsus, idle, from ōtium, leisure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'm sorry to be such a scrotum, but did you mean to type "otiose" or "obtuse"?”
“Still, I pack too much, a huge duffle crammed with triple and quadruple of everything: shirts, shorts, footwear, rainwear, and all sorts of otiose extras I know I will never use.”
“Instead the Tories plan to ring-fence NHS spending, thus keeping hordes of adminstrators who are otherwise otiose beavering away at nothing very much.”
“For the rest of the year, I fought with my father who felt that a piano was an otiose flamboyance of the upper classes.”
“For all anyone knows, al-Qaida's gloating in its murderous glossy magazine, Inspire, and Niall Ferguson's talk of a caliphate are just as otiose as Blair's jawdropping exhortation, given his legacy of mayhem, for the west to show "the courage of our convictions, and the self-confident belief we can achieve them".”
“The sooner we quit fiddling with otiose sanctions against Iran, the sooner we can begin crafting containment and deterrence strategies that are actually effective.”
“I'm suprised, there's no otiose argument on the decline of M Night Shyamalan's movies yet.”
“A propos of QUANGOs, there are other elements of Government which are surely otiose.”
“And if this is how law is in future to be made, then one can see why going to all that expense of having hours and hours of Parliamentary discussion on the mere matter of the odd £110 billion here or there might be thought otiose.”
“I replied briskly but at length to ripostes which focused on my style of registering my complaint, (which was to analyse what it might mean to be a philosopher at some length) to be verbose, prolix, otiose and smart-assed.”
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