a : deviating from a right, accepted, or common course <devious conduct>
b : not straightforward : cunning <a devious politician>; also : deceptive <a devious trick>
— de·vi·ous·ly adverb
— de·vi·ous·ness noun
Examples of DEVIOUS
- a dishonest and devious politician
- He took us by a devious route to the center of the city.
Origin of DEVIOUS
from + via
way — more at de-
First Known Use: 1599
Related to DEVIOUS
- beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, designing, artful, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, scheming, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wily
- artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning
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