circuitous


circuitous
I adjective ambagious, anfractuous, anguilliform, anguine, circumfluent, circumambulating, circumfluous, circumlocutory, complicated, contorted, convoluted, convolution, crooked, curved, deviating, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, eel-shaped, eellike, excursive, flexuous, helical, helicoid, helicoidal, indirect, intorted, labyrinthine, mazy, meandering, meandrous, oblique, out of the way, rambling, roundabout, roving, serpentiform, serpentile, serpentine, serpentoid, sigmoid, sinuate, sinuous, skirting, snakelike, snaky, spiriferous, tortile, tortuous, turning, twining, twisting, undulate, undulated, undulating, undulative, undulatory, wandering, whorled, winding, zigzag associated concepts: circuitous proceedings, circuitous route, circuity of action II index astray, complex, devious, discursive (digressive), indirect, labyrinthine, oblique (evasive), sinuous, tortuous (bending)

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  • Circuitous — Cir*cu i*tous, a. [LL. circuitosus.] Going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect; as, a circuitous road; a circuitous manner of accomplishing an end. {Cir*cu i*tous*ly}, adv. {Cir*cu i*tous*ness}, n. Syn: Tortuous; winding; sinuous; serpentine …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circuitous — (adj.) 1660s, from M.L. circuitous full of roundabout ways, from L. circuitus a going round (see CIRCUIT (Cf. circuit)). Related: Circuitously …   Etymology dictionary

  • circuitous — roundabout, *indirect Analogous words: *winding, serpentine, sinuous, tortuous, flexuous Antonyms: straight …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • circuitous — [adj] going around, indirect back road*, by way of, circular, collateral, complicated, devious, labyrinthine, long way*, long way around*, meandering, oblique, rambling, roundabout, tortuous, winding around; concepts 544,581 Ant. direct, in line …   New thesaurus

  • circuitous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a route) longer than the most direct way. DERIVATIVES circuitously adverb circuitousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • circuitous — [sər kyo͞o′ət əs] adj. [ML circuitosus < L circuitus: see CIRCUIT] roundabout; indirect; devious circuitously adv. circuitousness n …   English World dictionary

  • circuitous — [[t]sə(r)kju͟ːɪtəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A circuitous route is long and complicated rather than simple and direct. [FORMAL] They were taken on a circuitous route, from mainland China through Hong Kong to Europe and then to Panama... Stuart… …   English dictionary

  • circuitous — adjective Etymology: perhaps from Medieval Latin circuitosus, from Latin circuitus Date: 1664 1. having a circular or winding course < a circuitous route > 2. not being forthright or direct in language or action < a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • circuitous — circuitously, adv. circuitousness, n. /seuhr kyooh i teuhs/, adj. roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument. [1655 65; < ML circuitosus, equiv. to circuit(us) CIRCUIT + osus OUS] Syn. circular, winding, indirect,… …   Universalium

  • circuitous — cir|cu|i|tous [ sər kjuıtəs ] adjective 1. ) a circuitous journey, path, etc. is longer than it needs to be because it is not direct: He took a circuitous route to the library, to avoid passing her house. 2. ) taking a long time to say what you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English