Devious De"vi*ous, a. [L. devius; de + via way. See {Viaduct}.] 1. Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way. [1913 Webster]

2. Going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step.

Syn: Wandering; roving; rambling; vagrant. -- {De"vi*ous*ly}, adv. -- {De"vi*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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