[ kon-vuh-loo-tid ]
/ ˈkɒn vəˌlu tɪd /


twisted; coiled.
complicated; intricately involved: a convoluted way of describing a simple device.

Nearby words

  1. convocative,
  2. convocator,
  3. convoke,
  4. convoker,
  5. convolute,
  6. convoluted tubule,
  7. convolutely,
  8. convolution,
  9. convolutionary,
  10. convolve

Origin of convoluted

First recorded in 1805–15; convolute + -ed2

Related formscon·vo·lut·ed·ly, adjectivecon·vo·lut·ed·ness, nounun·con·vo·lut·ed, adjective


[ kon-vuh-loot ]
/ ˈkɒn vəˌlut /

verb (used with or without object), con·vo·lut·ed, con·vo·lut·ing.

to coil up; form into a twisted shape.


rolled up together or with one part over another.
Botany. coiled up longitudinally so that one margin is within the coil and the other without, as the petals of cotton.

Origin of convolute

1690–1700; < Latin convolūtus rolled up, equivalent to convolū- (stem of convolvere to convolve) + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for convoluted


/ (ˈkɒnvəˌluːtɪd) /


(esp of meaning, style, etc) difficult to comprehend; involved
wound together; coiled
Derived Formsconvolutedly, adverbconvolutedness, noun


/ (ˈkɒnvəˌluːt) /

verb (tr)

to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape


botany rolled longitudinally upon itselfa convolute petal
another word for convoluted (def. 2)
Derived Formsconvolutely, adverb

Word Origin for convolute

C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn

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Word Origin and History for convoluted
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