circumbendibus love

Definitions

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  • adj. indirect or roundabout
  • n. A roundabout route or process
  • n. A roundabout, indirect, or confusing manner of speech or writing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A roundabout or indirect way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A roundabout way; a circumlocution.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Our intention was to travel north, as we knew that was the road leading from the colony; but Hastings had decided that we should first go to the eastward, so as to make what we sailors call a circumbendibus, which would keep us out of the general track.

    Masterman Ready The Wreck of the "Pacific"

  • And believe I will just fancy I see this place too; it sounds rather a "circumbendibus" for us this journey.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • I thanked my unknown friend in the mask, and withdrawing a few steps, came, by a little "circumbendibus," upon the flank of the Count.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant

  • "It took what that literal fellow, Captain Lawton, calls a circumbendibus,

    The Spy

  • Heavy-tree Heath; and from that, with a circumbendibus, I fairly lodged them in the horse-pond at the bottom of the garden.

    She Stoops to Conquer

  • I thanked my unknown friend in the mask, and withdrawing a few steps, came, by a little “circumbendibus,” upon the flank of the Count.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant

  • When you have gone a couple of miles, make a circumbendibus back again to the night-house frequented by your set, and relate the adventure, with the same voice and countenance as a broker quotes the price of stocks; then order a cool bottle of claret with the air of a man who has done a meritorious action!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843

  • I then introduced them to the gibbet on Heavy-tree Heath; and from that, with a circumbendibus, I fairly lodged them in the horse-pond at the bottom of the garden.

    Act the Fifth

  • Shakespeare is not pointing out, in 'The knave turns fool that runs away,' that the wise knave who runs away is really a 'fool with a circumbendibus, '' moral miscalculator as well as moral coward. '

    Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

  • It was rather a circumbendibus sort of affair, and somewhat narrow in places, though everywhere there was sufficient room to work the _Lily_ in; and after a run of about half an hour, we shot out between two overhanging ledges, the extremities of which showed about, six feet above water, and found ourselves rising and falling on the long swell of the open ocean.

    For Treasure Bound

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  • JM loves a good, old fashioned circumbendibus but they are so hard to get these days perhaps it could be the influence of all these electrical games and things that the youngsters play with and this singing that sounds like talking.

    July 16, 2010

  • This one deserves a definitive "Wow, awesome".

    October 26, 2007

  • Heehee! Love this word.

    October 25, 2007