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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ser-kyoo-i-tuh s]
    • /sərˈkyu ɪ təs/
    • /sə(ː)ˈkju(ː)ɪtəsli /
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ser-kyoo-i-tuh s]
    • /sərˈkyu ɪ təs/

Definitions of circuitously word

  • adjective circuitously roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument. 1
  • noun circuitously In a circuitous manner. 1

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Origin of circuitously

First appearance:

before 1655
One of the 46% oldest English words
1655-65; < Medieval Latin circuitōsus, equivalent to circuit(us) circuit + -ōsus -ous

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Parts of speech for Circuitously


circuitously popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

circuitously usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for circuitously

adverb circuitously

  • indirectly — not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in sailing.
  • tortuously — full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path.
  • obliquely — in an oblique manner or direction.
  • meander — to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley.
  • winding — the act of winding.

Antonyms for circuitously

adverb circuitously

  • directly — in a direct line, way, or manner; straight: The path leads directly to the lake.
  • straightforward — going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.

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