An example of tortuous is an argument that is complex and challenging to follow.
- full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked
- not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky
Origin of tortuousMiddle English ; from Anglo-French ; from Classical Latin tortuosus ; from tortus: see tort
- 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 of tortuousMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin tortuōsus, from tortus, a twisting, from past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more tortuous, superlative most tortuous)
From Latin tortuosus, from tortus (“a twisting, winding").