Use the adjective winding to describe something with twists and turns, like a winding country road or a little winding mountain stream.

A path through the woods that has plenty of bends and curves in it is winding, and a river that curls and meanders down to the sea is also winding. The Beatles song "The Long and Winding Road" describes a twisting, indirect road. Winding has an Old English root, the word windan, which means "to turn, twist, or wind."

Definitions of winding

n the act of winding or twisting

twist, wind
Type of:
rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis

adj marked by repeated turns and bends

winding roads are full of surprises”
tortuous, twisting, twisty, voluminous
having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

adj of a path e.g.

“a winding country road”
meandering, rambling, wandering
not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

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