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

Origin of circuitous

1655–65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous
Related formscir·cu·i·tous·ly, adverbcir·cu·i·tous·ness, nounnon·cir·cu·i·tous, adjectivenon·cir·cu·i·tous·ly, adverbnon·cir·cu·i·tous·ness, nounun·cir·cu·i·tous, adjectiveun·cir·cu·i·tous·ly, adverbun·cir·cu·i·tous·ness, noun

Synonyms for circuitous

circular, winding, indirect, meandering.

Antonyms for circuitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for circuitously



indirect and lengthy; roundabouta circuitous route
Derived Formscircuitously, adverbcircuitousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for circuitously



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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