Simple Definition of circuitous
: 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>
Examples of circuitous
Their logic seems a bit circuitous.
<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
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