Definition of circuitous in English:



  • (of a route or journey) longer than the most direct way.

    ‘the canal followed a circuitous route’
    figurative ‘a circuitous line of reasoning’
    • ‘I came to the knowledge of this site and this specific article by a circuitous route.’
    • ‘I must apologise for the circuitous route that my thoughts have taken this week.’
    • ‘Afraid of being followed, I take a circuitous route home.’
    • ‘To reach the Sibneft wells, you have to travel a circuitous route.’
    • ‘Having started out as a ‘proper’ actress, mine was a circuitous route to comedy.’
    • ‘While commuters have to take a more circuitous route, it eases traffic congestion and flow.’
    • ‘My wanderlust had taken me on a circuitous route but it had led me home.’
    • ‘And then he came home and wrote about his circuitous journey.’
    • ‘He took the most circuitous route through the building, hiding in the shadows and avoiding security cameras.’
    • ‘One has to remember that pedestrians do not have the time or stamina for unnecessarily circuitous routes.’
    • ‘Residents and people who have shops and offices on the road have to take a long circuitous route to reach their place.’
    • ‘This preliminary question is best approached by a circuitous route.’
    • ‘We had meandered off on a circuitous journey.’
    • ‘Traffic was not allowed and commuters had to take circuitous routes.’
    • ‘Adding an extra flight or flying a more circuitous route can boost mileage accumulations rapidly.’
    • ‘A walk through Bootham Park offers a circuitous route into York, keeping well away from the noise and fumes of Gillygate.’
    • ‘We're taking a rather circuitous route to Waterloo so I can pick them up.’
    • ‘To send equipment from one important supply depot to the other involved taking an impossibly circuitous route.’
    • ‘It's a long and circuitous journey from start to finish today.’
    • ‘Walkers follow a circuitous route which leads along the gravel pathway through the centre of the historic Curragh racecourse.’
    roundabout, indirect, winding, meandering, serpentine, tortuous, twisting
    indirect, oblique, roundabout, circumlocutory, periphrastic
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Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin circuitosus, from circuitus ‘a way around’ (see circuit).