circuitous

[ ser-kyoo-i-tuhs ]
/ sərˈkyu ɪ təs /

adjective

roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument.

Nearby words

  1. circuit rider,
  2. circuit training,
  3. circuit, electric,
  4. circuit, electrical,
  5. circuiter,
  6. circuitry,
  7. circuity,
  8. circulable,
  9. circular,
  10. circular amputation

Origin of circuitous

1655–65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for circuitous

circuitous

/ (səˈkjuːɪtəs) /

adjective

indirect and lengthy; roundabouta circuitous route
Derived Formscircuitously, adverbcircuitousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for circuitous

circuitous

adj.

1660s, from Medieval Latin circuitous "full of roundabout ways," from Latin circuitus "a going round" (see circuit (n.)). Related: Circuitously; circuitousness.

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