Circuitous means indirect or roundabout. If you're in a hurry to get to the hospital where your wife is having a baby, you want to take the straightest, fastest way, not a circuitous one!

Circuitous comes from the Latin word circuitus meaning basically "a going around." If you're being circuitous it's like you're going around and around in circles. It can also refer to someone's manner or speech, if they are not being direct. For example, if you want someone to get you another piece of cake but just you sit there looking longingly at your empty plate, saying "More cake sure would be nice," then you're being circuitous. And annoying.

Definitions of circuitous

adj deviating from a straight course

“a long and circuitous journey by train and boat”
devious, roundabout
not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

adj marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct

“the explanation was circuitous and puzzling”
extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

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