Definitions for deviousˈdi vi əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•vi•ousˈdi vi əs(adj.)

  1. departing from the most direct way; circuitous; roundabout:

    a devious course.

  2. departing from the proper or accepted way:

    a devious procedure.

  3. not straightforward or sincere; shifty.

  4. without definite course; vagrant:

    a devious current.

Origin of devious:

1590–1600; < L dēvius out-of-the way, erratic =dē-de - +-vius adj. der. of via way; see -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. devious, oblique(adj)

    indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading

    "used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers"

  2. devious, shifty(adj)

    characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive

    "a devious character"; "shifty eyes"

  3. devious, circuitous, roundabout(adj)

    deviating from a straight course

    "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. devious(adjective)ˈdi vi əs

    using tricks or dishonesty

    a devious child; devious methods


  1. devious(Adjective)

    Deviating; not straightforward or honest, not frank; not standard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devious(adj)

    out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way

  2. Devious(adj)

    going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step

Translations for devious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not direct; not straightforward

We climbed the hill by a devious route; He used devious methods to get what he wanted.

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