What does tortuous mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term tortuous:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous(adj)

    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, voluminous(adj)

    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. tortuous(adj)

    not straightforward

    "his tortuous reasoning"


  1. tortuous(Adjective)

    Twisted; having many turns; convoluted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tortuous(adj)

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

  2. Tortuous(adj)

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

  3. Tortuous(adj)

    injurious: tortious

  4. Tortuous(adj)

    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. 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

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