Circuitous

  • 1 Circuitous — Cir*cu i*tous, a. [LL. circuitosus.] Going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect; as, a circuitous road; a circuitous manner of accomplishing an end. {Cir*cu i*tous*ly}, adv. {Cir*cu i*tous*ness}, n. Syn: Tortuous; winding; sinuous; serpentine …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 circuitous — I adjective ambagious, anfractuous, anguilliform, anguine, circumfluent, circumambulating, circumfluous, circumlocutory, complicated, contorted, convoluted, convolution, crooked, curved, deviating, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, eel… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 circuitous — (adj.) 1660s, from M.L. circuitous full of roundabout ways, from L. circuitus a going round (see CIRCUIT (Cf. circuit)). Related: Circuitously …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 circuitous — roundabout, *indirect Analogous words: *winding, serpentine, sinuous, tortuous, flexuous Antonyms: straight …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 circuitous — [adj] going around, indirect back road*, by way of, circular, collateral, complicated, devious, labyrinthine, long way*, long way around*, meandering, oblique, rambling, roundabout, tortuous, winding around; concepts 544,581 Ant. direct, in line …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 circuitous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a route) longer than the most direct way. DERIVATIVES circuitously adverb circuitousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 circuitous — [sər kyo͞o′ət əs] adj. [ML circuitosus < L circuitus: see CIRCUIT] roundabout; indirect; devious circuitously adv. circuitousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 circuitous — [[t]sə(r)kju͟ːɪtəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A circuitous route is long and complicated rather than simple and direct. [FORMAL] They were taken on a circuitous route, from mainland China through Hong Kong to Europe and then to Panama... Stuart… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 circuitous — adjective Etymology: perhaps from Medieval Latin circuitosus, from Latin circuitus Date: 1664 1. having a circular or winding course < a circuitous route > 2. not being forthright or direct in language or action < a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 circuitous — circuitously, adv. circuitousness, n. /seuhr kyooh i teuhs/, adj. roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument. [1655 65; < ML circuitosus, equiv. to circuit(us) CIRCUIT + osus OUS] Syn. circular, winding, indirect,… …

    Universalium

  • 11 circuitous — cir|cu|i|tous [ sər kjuıtəs ] adjective 1. ) a circuitous journey, path, etc. is longer than it needs to be because it is not direct: He took a circuitous route to the library, to avoid passing her house. 2. ) taking a long time to say what you… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 circuitous — adjective 1) a circuitous route Syn: roundabout, indirect, winding, meandering, serpentine, tortuous Ant: direct, straight 2) a circuitous discussion Syn: indir …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 circuitous — UK [sɜː(r)ˈkjuːɪtəs] / US [sərˈkjuɪtəs] adjective 1) a circuitous journey, path etc is longer than it needs to be because it is not direct He took a circuitous route to the library, to avoid passing her house. 2) taking a long time to say what… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 circuitous — adj. Circuitous is used with these nouns: ↑route …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 circuitous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. complicated, roundabout, devious, meandering; see indirect . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [sur KYOO i tus] roundabout or indirect. Much to my irritation, the cabbie took a circuitous route to the… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 circuitous — cir|cu|i|tous [sə:ˈkju:ıtəs US sə:r ] adj going from one place to another in a way that is longer than the most direct way ▪ a hard, circuitous hike >circuitously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 circuitous — adjective circuitous route/course etc a way of getting from one place to another that is longer than the most direct way circuitously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 circuitous — /səˈkjuətəs / (say suh kyoohuhtuhs) adjective roundabout; not direct: they took a circuitous route to the house. –circuitously, adverb –circuitousness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 circuitous — adjective /sɜːˈkjuːɪtəs,sɚˈkjuːətəs,sɚˈkjuːɪtəs/ a) Not direct or to the point. b) Of a long and winding route. Syn: indirect, roundabout …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 circuitous — Synonyms and related words: O shaped, aberrant, aberrative, ambagious, anfractuous, backhand, backhanded, circular, circumlocutional, circumlocutory, collateral, convolutional, deflectional, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviative,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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