Origin of convoluted

First recorded in 1805–15; convolute + -ed2
Related formscon·vo·lut·ed·ly, adjectivecon·vo·lut·ed·ness, nounun·con·vo·lut·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for un-convoluted


  1. (esp of meaning, style, etc) difficult to comprehend; involved
  2. wound together; coiled
Derived Formsconvolutedly, adverbconvolutedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un-convoluted



1811, past participle adjective from verb convolute (1690s), from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere (see convolution); or perhaps a back-formation from convolution. French has convoluté (18c.), in form a past participle adjective, without the verb.

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