O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-]
    • /ˈoʊ ʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊ ti-/
    • /ˈəʊ.ti.əʊs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-]
    • /ˈoʊ ʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊ ti-/

Definitions of otiose word

  • adjective otiose being at leisure; idle; indolent. 1
  • adjective otiose ineffective or futile. 1
  • adjective otiose superfluous or useless. 1
  • noun otiose Serving no practical purpose or result. 1
  • adjective otiose serving no useful purpose 0
  • adjective otiose indolent; lazy 0

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Origin of otiose

First appearance:

before 1785
One of the 44% newest English words
1785-95; < Latin ōtiōsus at leisure, equivalent to ōti(um) leisure + -ōsus -ose1

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Parts of speech for Otiose


otiose popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for otiose

adjective otiose

  • futile — incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful: Attempting to force-feed the sick horse was futile.
  • ineffectual — not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy.
  • useless — of no use; not serving the purpose or any purpose; unavailing or futile: It is useless to reason with him.
  • impractical — not practical or useful.
  • ineffective — not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.

Antonyms for otiose

adjective otiose

  • effective — adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace.

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