- full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path.
- not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous: tortuous negotiations lasting for months.
- deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious.
- twisted or windinga tortuous road
- devious or cunninga tortuous mind
late 14c., from Anglo-French tortuous (12c.), from Latin tortuosus “full of twists, winding,” from tortus “a twisting, winding,” from stem of torquere “to twist, wring, distort” (see thwart).
- Having many turns; winding or twisting.