Synonyms for Circuitous:


all (adjective)
roundabout, devious.
circular (adjective)
spherical, circular, orbital, round, annular, rounded, cycloid.
complex (adjective)
convoluted (adjective)
winding, zigzag, coiled, labyrinthine, turning, tortuous, twisting, meandering, whorled, convoluted, serpentine.
going around, indirect (adjective)
roundabout, meandering, labyrinthine, circular, devious, tortuous.


economical, conversational, discursive, declamatory, articulate, crisp, clean, chatty. circuitous (noun)
indirect, devious, roundabout.

Other synonyms:

bumpy, anfractuous, transatlantic, overseas. articulate. outward. clean. return.

Usage examples for circuitous

  1. The great difficulty to overcome in this discovery is, how to account for a sage and a hero acting folly and cowardice, and attempting to obtain by circuitous deception what it may be supposed so magnanimous a spirit would only deign to possess himself of by direct and open methods. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  2. There would be no object in their taking a circuitous route, so they will probably drop directly down in the palace grounds. – Giants on the Earth by Sterner St. Paul Meek
  3. Both these objects, presented at the same time to the eye and the mind, made them stand motionless for a little while; but when they afterward saw the confusion in the pass, and that the marching body was thrown into disorder by the tumult which itself created, principally from the horses being terrified, thinking that whatever terror they added would suffice for the destruction of the enemy, they scramble along the dangerous rocks, as being accustomed alike to pathless and circuitous ways. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome by Various