Tortuous Definition

Full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked.
Webster's New World
Not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky.
Webster's New World
Highly involved; complex.
Tortuous legal procedures.
American Heritage

(astrology) Oblique; applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) that ascend most rapidly and obliquely.


Origin of Tortuous

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin tortuōsus from tortus a twisting from past participle of torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin tortuosus, from tortus (“a twisting, winding").

    From Wiktionary

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