- 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.
- 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").