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[sin-yoo-uh s] /ˈsɪn yu əs/
having many curves, bends, or turns; winding:
a sinuous path.
indirect; devious:
sinuous questions.
characterized by a series of graceful curving motions:
a sinuous dance.
Botany. sinuate, as a leaf.
Origin of sinuous
From the Latin word sinuōsus, dating back to 1570-80. See sinus, -ous
Related forms
sinuously, adverb
sinuousness, noun
subsinuous, adjective
unsinuous, adjective
unsinuously, adverb
unsinuousness, noun
1. curving, meandering, twining, twisting, coiled, curved, serpentine. 2. roundabout.
1. straight. 2. direct. Unabridged
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  • With a sinuous movement she turned on her elbow to face him.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • For what end are her fair complexities, her changes of soil, her sinuous coast?

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • sinuous and supple, she was exquisitely feminine to the finger tips.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Lithe and sinuous as a panther, he rode with a perfect ease that was captivating.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • The sinuous Ravi river was hardly half an English mile distant.

  • I cannot join the general public in admiring the sinuous majesty of the cats.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • "Snaky" was Belle's thought of the woman; "sinuous" was Garlock's of the man.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Their figures are lithe and they walk well, with a sinuous swagger.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
British Dictionary definitions for sinuous


full of turns or curves; intricate
devious; not straightforward
supple; lithe
Also sinuate
Derived Forms
sinuously, adverb
sinuousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sinuōsus winding, from sinus a curve
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Word Origin and History for sinuous

"full of turns and curves," 1570s, from Latin sinuosus "full of curves, folds, or bendings," from sinus "curve, fold, bend" (see sinus). Related: Sinuously; sinuousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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