Devious meaning

dēvē-əs
The definition of devious is someone or something that is not straightforward or deviates from the usual course of action.

An example of someone who would be described as devious is a person who lies to get his way.

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Not straightforward; shifty.

A devious character.

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Departing from the correct or accepted way; erring.

Achieved success by devious means.

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Deviating from the straight or direct course; roundabout.

A devious route.

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Not straightforward or frank; deceiving.
adjective
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Away from a main road or course; distant or removed.
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Deviating from the proper or usual course; going astray.
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Not in a straight path; roundabout; winding.
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Origin of devious

  • From Latin dēvius out-of-the-way dē- de- via road wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition