con·​sti·​pat·​ed | \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce constipated (audio) \

Definition of constipated

1 : affected with constipation
2 : stilted or stodgy in appearance, expression, or action

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Recent Examples on the Web Simpson didn’t want to make or enjoy creating songs for a year, a songwriter’s worst nightmare, a proverbial and disgustingly impractical constipated canary in the coal mine. Riley Van Steward, Forbes, 16 July 2022 As a counterbalance to Al’s devilish energy, Deadwood offers matched sets of emotionally constipated lawmen: Seth Bullock and Wild Bill Hickok. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 Someone might be more constipated but in less pain, or vice versa. Colleen Stinchcombe,, 20 Sep. 2021 And in mouse studies, the technique has been used to manipulate heartbeat and regulate bowel movements of constipated mice. Marc Zimmer, The Conversation, 5 Aug. 2021 The five-month scorpion pregnancy provides a lot of time for females to get more and more constipated, says García-Hernández. Bradley Allf, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Those few who are still around at the end will note that in belting out the song, Hudson looks constipated instead of tragic. Kyle Smith, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019 The handy chart breaks down stool into seven types, ranging from Type 1, very constipated, to Type 7, diarrhea. Leah Groth,, 4 Nov. 2019 Neat pic of me trying to look cool but just looking constipated instead. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 23 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of constipated

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jul 2022

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“Constipated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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