Definition of circuitous in English:

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Pronunciation: /səːˈkjuːɪtəs/


(Of a route or journey) longer than the most direct way: the canal followed a circuitous route figurative a circuitous line of reasoning
More example sentences
  • We had meandered off on a circuitous journey.
  • Afraid of being followed, I take a circuitous route home.
  • Walkers follow a circuitous route which leads along the gravel pathway through the centre of the historic Curragh racecourse.



Pronunciation: /səːˈkjuːɪtəsli/
Example sentences
  • Dylan made his entrance on January 24, his route going circuitously by way of Denver and Chicago.
  • Our scrambles in the Alps eventually, albeit circuitously, lead us southward to Italy.
  • The domestic turkey was re-introduced into North America from Britain, taken there circuitously by the colonists of New England and Virginia.


Example sentences
  • One day I brought up my discomfort with the restrictions and circuitousness of Japanese language.
  • There is a circuitousness about the book that reflects the circuitousness of its topic.
  • However, the circuitousness of the walk did afford us a view of the old lock system.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin circuitosus, from circuitus 'a way around' (see circuit).

Words that rhyme with circuitous

fortuitous, gratuitous

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Line breaks: cir¦cu¦it|ous

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