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

Examples of constipated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "For Constipated Scorpions, Females Suffer Reproductively. Males, Not So Much.," 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, "Cats Is a Dog," 19 Dec. 2019 The handy chart breaks down stool into seven types, ranging from Type 1, very constipated, to Type 7, diarrhea. Leah Groth,, "Researchers Are Asking for Pics of Your Poop—All in the Name of Science," 4 Nov. 2019 Neat pic of me trying to look cool but just looking constipated instead. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Sarah Hyland's Mom Called Her Fiancé Wells Adams "Hot" and Her Reaction is Hysterical," 23 Sep. 2019 Some were bulbous and squat or sent out twisted arms or grew in tortured, constipated shapes. Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to the Cactus & Succulent Show, the Comic-Con of the cactus world," 13 Aug. 2019 Migrants reported getting constipated because of a strict bologna sandwich diet. CBS News, "DHS watchdog details squalid conditions at migrant detention centers," 2 July 2019 Chidi is the most ethically constipated person in the world. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 Tiny, rock-like stool (or no stool at all) are signs that your dog is constipated. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of constipated

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Mar 2021

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“Constipated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of constipated

: unable to easily release solid waste from your body : unable to have a bowel movement easily



Medical Definition of constipated

: affected with constipation

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