tortuous

[ tawr-choo-uhs ]
/ ˈtɔr tʃu əs /

adjective

full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path.
not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; circuitous: tortuous negotiations lasting for months.
deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious.

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Origin of tortuous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin tortuōsus, equivalent to tortu(s) “a twisting” (torquēre “to twist, bend” + -tus suffix of verbal action) + -ōsus adjective suffix; see -ous

words often confused with tortuous

See torturous.

OTHER WORDS FROM tortuous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tortuous

tortuous , torturous (see confusables note at torturous)
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British Dictionary definitions for tortuous

tortuous
/ (ˈtɔːtjʊəs) /

adjective

twisted or windinga tortuous road
devious or cunninga tortuous mind
intricate

Derived forms of tortuous

tortuously, adverbtortuousness, noun
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Medical definitions for tortuous

tortuous
[ tôrchōō-əs ]

adj.

Having many turns; winding or twisting.
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