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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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 Hutchins administered the enema to the baby after asking her mother for permission because the child seemed constipated, police believe. Chris Harris,, "Maryland Babysitter Allegedly Poisoned 6-Month-Old Girl With Enema Containing Lidocaine," 16 Apr. 2018 Indeed, toilet readers were less constipated than their non-reader peers. Nick Haslam, Time, "In Defense of Using Your Phone on the Toilet," 12 Apr. 2018 Later that month, the makeup artist and wellness enthusiast Rose-Marie Swift released RMS Beauty Within, a pair of dietary supplements that includes probiotic and digestive enzymes, after fielding complaints on set from constipated models. Julie Schott, The Cut, "If You Want Clear Skin, Look at Your Poop," 19 Mar. 2018 So, what’s a pee-shy, constipated, or simply bored person to do? Korin Miller, SELF, "Why You Seriously Need to Stop Taking Your Phone Into the Bathroom," 15 Feb. 2018 Obviously men can be constipated too, but women are much more likely to be constipated than men. Mary Allen, Allure, "8 Things to Know About Your Poop," 6 Sep. 2017 Many goldfish owners feed their pets pellets, but these snacks are low in fibre and can cause fish to become constipated, which in turn puts pressure on the swim bladder. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Don’t Get Too Excited About That Viral Goldfish “Wheelchair”," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of constipated

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of constipated was in 1547

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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