ser·​pen·​tine | \ ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn , -ˌtīn\

Definition of serpentine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement)
2 : subtly wily or tempting
3a : winding or turning one way and another a serpentine road
b : having a compound curve whose central curve is convex


noun (1)

Definition of serpentine (Entry 2 of 3)

: something that winds sinuously


noun (2)
ser·​pen·​tine | \ ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn \

Definition of serpentine (Entry 3 of 3)

: a mineral or rock consisting essentially of a hydrous magnesium silicate usually having a dull green color and often a mottled appearance

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serpentinely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for serpentine

Synonyms: Adjective

bending, crazy, crooked, curled, curling, curved, curving, curvy, devious, sinuous, tortuous, twisted, twisting, winding, windy

Antonyms: Adjective

straight, straightaway

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A snake moves by curving and winding along the ground. Roads through the Pyrenees, the mountains that separate Spain from France, tend to be serpentine, curving back and forth on themselves up and down the steep slopes. Serpentine has other meanings as well. As a noun, it's the name for a soft green mineral, and also for the party streamers you might throw at midnight on New Year's Eve. The serpentine belt under the hood in your car is the long, looping belt that most of the car's accessories—the AC, the power steering, the alternator, and so on—depend on to get their power.

Examples of serpentine in a Sentence


the country inn lies at the end of a rather serpentine road, but it's worth the trip

First Known Use of serpentine


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1519, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serpentine


Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentinus, from Latin serpent-, serpens

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, Medieval Latin serpentina, serpentinum, from Late Latin, feminine & neuter of serpentinus resembling a serpent

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English Language Learners Definition of serpentine

: having many bends and turns


ser·​pen·​tine | \ ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn , -ˌtīn\

Kids Definition of serpentine

: winding or turning one way and another a serpentine path

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