anfractuous

[ an-frak-choo-uh s ]
/ ænˈfræk tʃu əs /

adjective

characterized by windings and turnings; sinuous; circuitous: an anfractuous path.

Nearby words

  1. anew,
  2. anext,
  3. anf,
  4. anfinsen,
  5. anfractuosity,
  6. ang,
  7. anga,
  8. angakok,
  9. angara,
  10. angarsk

Origin of anfractuous

First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from anfractuosity

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British Dictionary definitions for anfractuous

anfractuous

/ (ænˈfræktʃʊəs) /

adjective

characterized by twists and turns; convoluted

Word Origin for anfractuous

C17: from Late Latin anfractuōsus, from Latin anfractus a digression, literally: a bending

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Word Origin and History for anfractuous

anfractuous

adj.

"full of windings and turnings," 1620s, from Latin anfractuous, from anfractus "a winding, a turning, bending round," from am(bi)- "around" (see ambi-) + fractus, past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Related: Anfractuosity.

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