[ sin-yoo-uhs ]
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  1. having many curves, bends, or turns; winding: a sinuous path.

  2. indirect; devious: sinuous questions.

  1. characterized by a series of graceful curving motions: a sinuous dance.

  2. Botany. sinuate, as a leaf.

Origin of sinuous

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

Other words for sinuous

1 curving, meandering, twining, twisting, coiled, curved, serpentine
2 roundabout
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Opposites for sinuous

Other words from sinuous

  • sin·u·ous·ly, adverb
  • sin·u·ous·ness, noun
  • sub·sin·u·ous, adjective
  • un·sin·u·ous, adjective
  • un·sin·u·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·sin·u·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby sinuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sinuous in a sentence

  • The natural result of this billiard-ball movement of the waters is that the path of the stream is sinuous.

    Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Her hands were sinuous as serpents, the fingers tapering, the nails very long like the Chinese.

    Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
  • The river below Wroxham is very narrow and very sinuous; its banks lined with groves of trees which intercept the wind.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • What a sinuous underground plot the superficial incidents of this journey covered!

    Overland | John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for sinuous


/ (ˈsɪnjʊəs) /

  1. full of turns or curves; intricate

  2. devious; not straightforward

  1. supple; lithe

Origin of sinuous

C16: from Latin sinuōsus winding, from sinus a curve
  • Also: sinuate

Derived forms of sinuous

  • sinuously, adverb
  • sinuousness, noun

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