Otiose is a colorful, although somewhat old-fashioned, word for "lazy." It also means serving no useful purpose: that steak knife next to your plate is otiose if you're having oatmeal for dinner.

  • Pronunciation: / 'otɪos /
  • English description: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  • Synonyms: pointless
  • Chinese Translation: 多余的(duo1 yu2 de)
  • Spanish Translation: ocioso
  • ORIGIN: Otiose, which can be pronounced either with a t sound (OH-tee-ohs) or a sh sound (OH-she-ohs), comes from the Latin word otium" leisure," but its modern meaning is closer to "leisure suit," that is, useless and not very handsome. If you're already wearing suspenders, then a belt is otiose.


  • It is well structured, mirroring the hefty book which accompanied the TV series, though the recaps of previous episodes become otiose on DVD.
  • There is nothing, apparently, studied about it, no ornament or involution, no otiose epithets, no subtle allusiveness.

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