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

 

roundabout

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈraʊndəbaʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈraʊndəbaʊt//
 
 
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[usually before noun] not done or said using the shortest, simplest or most direct way possible It was a difficult and roundabout trip. He told us, in a very roundabout way, that he was thinking of leaving.