from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.

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  • adj. Not direct or to the point.
  • adj. Of a long and winding route.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Going round in a circuit; not direct; roundabout: as, a circuitous road or course; “circuitous means,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct
  • adj. deviating from a straight course


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Medieval Latin circuitōsus, from Latin circuitus, a going around; see circuit.

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First attested in 1664. From Latin circuitōsus, from circuitus, from circumeō "I go around", from circum "around + "I go"


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