[an-frak-choo-uh s]


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

Origin of anfractuous

First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from anfractuosity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anfractuous



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

"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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