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Meaning & Definition of Devious in English

English

Devious

/diviəs/

adjective

1. Indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way

  • Misleading
  • "Used devious means to achieve success"
  • "Gave oblique answers to direct questions"
  • "Oblique political maneuvers"
    synonym:
  • devious
  • ,
  • oblique

2. Characterized by insincerity or deceit

  • Evasive
  • "A devious character"
  • "Shifty eyes"
    synonym:
  • devious
  • ,
  • shifty

3. Deviating from a straight course

  • "A scenic but devious route"
  • "A long and circuitous journey by train and boat"
  • "A roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
    synonym:
  • devious
  • ,
  • circuitous
  • ,
  • roundabout

Examples of using

Tom is devious.