Dictionary

circuitous

circuitous

adjective cir·cu·i·tous \(ˌ)sər-ˈkyü-ə-təs\

: not straight, short, and direct

: not said or done simply or clearly

Full Definition of CIRCUITOUS

1
:  having a circular or winding course <a circuitous route>
2
:  not being forthright or direct in language or action <a circuitous explanation>
cir·cu·i·tous·ly adverb
cir·cu·i·tous·ness noun

Examples of CIRCUITOUS

  1. Their logic seems a bit circuitous.
  2. <we took a circuitous route to the airport so as to avoid the massive traffic jam on the highway>

Origin of CIRCUITOUS

perhaps from Medieval Latin circuitosus, from Latin circuitus
First Known Use: 1664

Rhymes with CIRCUITOUS

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: circuit riderPrevious Word in the Dictionary: circuitorAll Words Near: circuitous
March 02, 2015
chatoyant Hear it
Having a changeable luster or color
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears