Origin of circuitousMedieval Latin circuitosus from Classical Latin circuitus: see circuit
Discussion that goes around and around the problem without ever talking about or addressing it directly is an example of something that would be described as circuitous.
- Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
- Characterized by indirectness, evasiveness, or complexity, as in action or language: a circuitous method of inquiry; a circuitous argument.
Origin of circuitousFrom Medieval Latin circuitōsus from Latin circuitus a going around ; see circuit .
- cir·cu′i·ty cir·cu′i·tous·ness
(comparative more circuitous, superlative most circuitous)
- They moved on, taking circuitous routes back to the underground entrance in case they were being watched.
- Those that flow directly into the lake are short, but some of the rivers of this region, such as the Cuyahoga and the'Grand, are turned by drift ridges into circuitous courses and flow through narrow valleys with numerous falls and rapids.
- Louis VII., who now appeared, was induced by this failure to take the long and circuitous route by the west coast of Asia Minor; but even so he had lost the majority of his troops when he reached the Holy Land in 1148.
- Our human thought pursues devious and circuitous methods.
- By a circuitous route through Lake Winnebago, and thence N.