Definition of circuitous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səˈkjuːɪtəs//
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈkjuːɪtəs//
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(of a route or journey) long and not direct synonym roundabout He took us on a circuitous route to the hotel. The journey was circuitous and slow. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin circuitosus, from circuitus ‘a way around’, from circuire, variant of circumire ‘go round’, from circum ‘around’ + ire ‘go’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: circuitous