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sinuous

[sin-yoo-uh s] /ˈsɪn yu əs/
adjective
1.
having many curves, bends, or turns; winding:
a sinuous path.
2.
indirect; devious:
sinuous questions.
3.
characterized by a series of graceful curving motions:
a sinuous dance.
4.
Botany. sinuate, as a leaf.
Origin of sinuous
1570-1580
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
Synonyms
1. curving, meandering, twining, twisting, coiled, curved, serpentine. 2. roundabout.
Antonyms
1. straight. 2. direct.
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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

sinuous

/ˈsɪnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
full of turns or curves; intricate
2.
devious; not straightforward
3.
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
adj.

"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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