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
And it can be costive, which is the last thing she needs with that wound in her stomach.
There is really no way of reading these often rather costive and puzzling early books without wondering on every page what, in them, is leading towards the immense achievements of those two big last novels.
Finally, Susan knelt, costive, to the scrub, arms bent out and away, and picked up her skein, gradually attaching it to her belt.
We become the social equivalent of banks that wont lend - we sit on our credit and credibility in a state of costive paranoia.
Says another costive patron, pant-button about to pop from the accumulation of unevaluated by-products:
During the exacerbation most are restless, and most are costive constipated, hence the relentless laxatives.
The physician Hequet understood by slow bellies, that the Cretans were costive, which vitiated their blood, and rendered them ill-disposed and mischievous.
I have made a soap-boiler costive; it was my masterpiece.
Larkin had the reputation of being the most costive of artists.
You must be frank, but without indiscretion; and close, without being costive.