Meaning of costic in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒstɪk/

See synonyms for costic


dialect British, US
  • Affected by or causing constipation; = "costive".


Late 16th century; earliest use found in New Pleasant & Delightfull Astrology. Apparently an alteration (with suffix substitution) of costive, probably by association with caustic (which is attested in the 16th and 17th centuries in the forms costic, costick); compare forms of costive with medial -au-.