- The definition of tortuous refers to something very complex and difficult to follow, or something full of twists and turns.
An example of tortuous is an argument that is complex and challenging to follow.
tortuous definition by Webster's New World
- full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked
- not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky
Origin: Middle English ; from Anglo-French ; from Classical Latin tortuosus ; from tortus: see tort
tortuous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting: a tortuous road through the mountains.
- Not straightforward; circuitous; devious: a tortuous plot; tortuous reasoning.
- Highly involved; complex: tortuous legal procedures.
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin tortuōsus, from tortus, a twisting, from past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
- torˈtu·ous·ly adverb
- torˈtu·ous·ness noun
tortuous - Medical Definition