sin·​u·​ous | \ ˈsin-yə-wəs How to pronounce sinuous (audio) , -yü-əs \

Definition of sinuous

1a : of a serpentine or wavy form : winding
b : marked by strong lithe movements

Other Words from sinuous

sinuously adverb
sinuousness noun

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Although it probably makes you think more of snakes than head colds, sinuous is etymologically more like sinus than serpent. Sinuous and sinus both derive from the Latin noun sinus, which means "curve, fold, or hollow." Other sinus descendants include insinuate ("to impart or suggest in an artful or indirect way") and two terms you might remember from math class: sine and cosine. In English, sinus is the oldest of these words; it entered the language in the 1400s. Insinuate appeared next, in the early 1500s, and was followed by sinuous and sine in the latter half of the 1500s, and cosine in the 1600s. Serpent, by the way, entered English in the 13th century and comes from the Latin verb serpere, meaning "to creep."

Examples of sinuous in a Sentence

She moved with sinuous grace. the river flowed in a sinuous path through the lush valley
Recent Examples on the Web The exterior has been subtly finessed to create a sleeker, more sinuous profile while handcrafted chrome bumpers have been affixed to the front and rear. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 July 2021 Penned by Alberto Mancini, the exterior is replete with sleek and sinuous lines that are synonymous with the Grande designs. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 Working with her musical director Andy Highmore for the first time as a producer in the studio, Lonely Hearts Club is a club-ready bouquet of sinuous synths, thumping beats and hypnotic house. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 29 July 2022 Sited on 10,316 square feet, the striking split-level abode sports sinuous lines and swathes of glass like the aforementioned four-wheelers, but offers four bedrooms and five bathrooms within. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 25 July 2022 And Dry, which lands four years after his last, Daytona, feels epic from the first notes — a wash of sinuous synths and rim-rattling bass thrumming beneath trap tales as old as time (or at least Clipse). Leah Greenblatt,, 30 June 2022 At first hesitant at the mike, Elvis launches into a song, and his sinuous, thrusting moves conspicuously excite the young women in the crowd. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 With its breezy saxophones, sinuous song structures, and lyrical nods to the power of love, metaphysics, and the erotic literature of Henry Miller, MAKANDA was a comprehensive rendering of Kwenders’ musical vision. Jonathan Zwickel, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 The sinuous curve of the road along the Gardner River came to abrupt and jagged endings at several intervals. Fox News, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sinuous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sinuous

Latin sinuosus, from sinus

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“Sinuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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sin·​u·​ous | \ ˈsin-yə-wəs How to pronounce sinuous (audio) \

Kids Definition of sinuous

: having a wavy or winding form

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