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

From Latin dēvius, out-of-the-way : dē-, de- + via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.



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