[ 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.

Origin of sinuous

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


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

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British Dictionary definitions for sinuous

/ (ˈsɪnjʊəs) /


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

Derived forms of sinuous

sinuously, adverbsinuousness, noun

Word Origin for sinuous

C16: from Latin sinuōsus winding, from sinus a curve
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