What does tortuous mean?

Definitions for tortuous
ˈtɔr tʃu əstor·tu·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuousadjective

    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"

  2. tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding, voluminousadjective

    marked by repeated turns and bends

    "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track"

  3. tortuousadjective

    not straightforward

    "his tortuous reasoning"


  1. tortuousadjective

    Twisted; having many turns; convoluted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tortuousadjective

    bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla

  2. Tortuousadjective

    fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful

  3. Tortuousadjective

    injurious: tortious

  4. Tortuousadjective

    oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tortuous

    tor′tū-us, adj. twisted, winding: (fig.) deceitful.—adj. Tor′tuōse, twisted: wreathed: winding.—n. Tortuos′ity, state of being tortuous.—adv. Tor′tuously.—n. Tor′tuousness. [Fr.,—L. tortuosustorquēre, tortum, to twist.]


  1. Tortuous

    = Tortuose.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tortuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tortuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tortuous in a Sentence

  1. Gerald Ford:

    I once told you that I am not a saint, and I hope never to see the day that I cannot admit having made a mistake. So I will close with another confession. Frequently, along the tortuous road of recent months from this chamber to the Presidents House, I protested that I was my own man. Now I realize that I was wrong. I am your man, for it was your carefully weighed confirmation that changed my occupation. The truth is I am the peoples man, for you acted in their name, and I accepted and began my new and solemn trust with a promise to serve all the people and do the best that I can for America.

  2. Karen Bass:

    I think when people witnessed the really slow, tortuous murder of George Floyd, it was just not up for debate, i think the American people were horrified.

  3. Jared Polis:

    Colorado has joined a growing list of states that have banned so-called conversion therapy, it's a tortuous practice that has long been widely-discredited by medical and mental health professionals.

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