Definitions for otioseˈoʊ ʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊ ti-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ti•oseˈoʊ ʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊ ti-(adj.)

  1. being at leisure; idle.

  2. ineffective or futile.

  3. superfluous or useless.

Origin of otiose:

1785–95; < L ōtiōsus at leisure

o`ti•os′i•ty-ˈɒs ɪ ti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. otiose, pointless, purposeless, senseless, superfluous, wasted(adj)

    serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being

    "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"; "a pointless remark"; "a life essentially purposeless"; "senseless violence"

  2. futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailing(adj)

    producing no result or effect

    "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"

  3. faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy(adj)

    disinclined to work or exertion

    "faineant kings under whose rule the country languished"; "an indolent hanger-on"; "too lazy to wash the dishes"; "shiftless idle youth"; "slothful employees"; "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"


  1. otiose(Adjective)

    Resulting in no effect.

  2. otiose(Adjective)

    Reluctant to work or to exert oneself.

  3. otiose(Adjective)

    Having no reason for being (raison du2019u00EAtre); having no point, reason, or purpose.

  4. Origin: From otiosus, from otium


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