[ sin-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˈsɪn yu əs /


having many curves, bends, or turns; winding: a sinuous path.
indirect; devious: sinuous questions.
characterized by a series of graceful curving motions: a sinuous dance.
Botany. sinuate, as a leaf.

Nearby words

  1. sinuate,
  2. sinuation,
  3. sinuiju,
  4. sinumbra lamp,
  5. sinuosity,
  6. sinuously,
  7. sinus,
  8. sinus arrest,
  9. sinus arrhythmia,
  10. sinus block

Origin of sinuous

From the Latin word sinuōsus, dating back to 1570–80. See sinus, -ous

1. curving, meandering, twining, twisting, coiled, curved, serpentine. 2. roundabout.

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British Dictionary definitions for sinuous


/ (ˈsɪnjʊəs) /


full of turns or curves; intricate
devious; not straightforward
supple; lithe
Also: sinuate

Derived Formssinuously, adverbsinuousness, noun

Word Origin for sinuous

C16: from Latin sinuōsus winding, from sinus a curve

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Word Origin and History for sinuous



"full of turns and curves," 1570s, from Latin sinuosus "full of curves, folds, or bendings," from sinus "curve, fold, bend" (see sinus). Related: Sinuously; sinuousness.

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