from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not straightforward; shifty: a devious character.
- adj. Departing from the correct or accepted way; erring: achieved success by devious means.
- adj. Deviating from the straight or direct course; roundabout: a devious route.
- adj. Away from a main road or course; distant or removed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Deviating; not straightforward or honest, not frank; not standard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness.
- adj. Going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Out of the direct or common way or track; circuitous; rambling: as, a devious course.
- Moving on or pursuing a winding or confused course.
- Erring; going astray from rectitude or the divine precepts.
- Synonyms Circuitous, roundabout, tortuous, indirect, erratic, roving, rambling, straying. See irregular.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
- adj. deviating from a straight course
- adj. characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
From Latin dēvius, out-of-the-way : dē-, de- + via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)