labyrinthine

Labyrinthine is a good word to describe a place that feels like an enormous maze. A new student at a huge, sprawling high school is likely to find the building labyrinthine as she wanders the halls looking for her math class.

If you've ever been lost in a hedge maze, you know what a labyrinth is. The adjective labyrinthine describes something that is as confusing, complex, or maze-like as a labyrinth. This could be an actual maze, a city, or even a convoluted idea. The word comes from the Greek labyrinthos, the structure built to contain the mythological Minotaur. In the story, Daedalus did such a good job making the building labyrinthine that he nearly couldn't find his way out.

Definitions of labyrinthine
  1. adjective
    resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity
    “a labyrinthine network of tortuous footpaths”
    synonyms: labyrinthian, mazy
    complex
    complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts
  2. adjective
    relating to or affecting or originating in the inner ear
    labyrinthine deafness”
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