American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Going round in a circuit; not direct; roundabout: as, a circuitous road or course; “circuitous means,”
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect.
- adj. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct
- adj. deviating from a straight course
- First attested in 1664. From Latin circuitōsus, from circuitus, from circumeō "I go around", from circum "around + eō "I go" (Wiktionary)
- From Medieval Latin circuitōsus, from Latin circuitus, a going around; see circuit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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