labyrinthine

[ lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen ]
/ ˌlæb əˈrɪn θɪn, -θin /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.

Nearby words

  1. labuan,
  2. laburnum,
  3. labyrinth,
  4. labyrinth fish,
  5. labyrinthectomy,
  6. labyrinthine angiospasm,
  7. labyrinthine fluid,
  8. labyrinthine nystagmus,
  9. labyrinthine vein,
  10. labyrinthine vertigo

Also lab·y·rin·thi·an [lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/, lab·y·rin·thic.

Origin of labyrinthine

First recorded in 1740–50; labyrinth + -ine1

Related formslab·y·rin·thi·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthine

labyrinthine

labyrinthian (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən) or labyrinthic (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk)

/ (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn) /

adjective

of or relating to a labyrinth
resembling a labyrinth in complexity
Derived Formslabyrinthically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for labyrinthine

labyrinthine

adj.

1630s; see labyrinth + -ine (1). Earlier adjective forms were labyrinthian (1580s); labyrinthial (1540s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for labyrinthine

labyrinthine

[ lăb′ə-rĭnthĭn, -thēn′ ]

adj.

Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.

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