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

From the Latin word sinuōsus, dating back to 1570–80. See sinus, -ous
Related formssin·u·ous·ly, adverbsin·u·ous·ness, nounsub·sin·u·ous, adjectiveun·sin·u·ous, adjectiveun·sin·u·ous·ly, adverbun·sin·u·ous·ness, noun


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


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  • With a sinuous movement she turned on her elbow to face him.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • For what end are her fair complexities, her changes of soil, her sinuous coast?

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Sinuous and supple, she was exquisitely feminine to the finger tips.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Lithe and sinuous as a panther, he rode with a perfect ease that was captivating.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The sinuous Ravi river was hardly half an English mile distant.

British Dictionary definitions for sinuous


  1. full of turns or curves; intricate
  2. devious; not straightforward
  3. supple; lithe
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Also: sinuate
Derived Formssinuously, adverbsinuousness, noun

Word Origin

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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