September 23rd, 2013



otiose (sh-s, t-), adj.
1.  lazy; idle.
2.  superfluous; useless; serving no practical purpose.
3.  ineffective; futile.

Etymology:  about 1800, from Latin otiosus, unemployed, not busy, at leisure.

"Joseph Sedley then led a life of dignified otiosity such as became a person of his eminence." (Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray)