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 Dictionary entry overview: What does devious mean? 

DEVIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective DEVIOUS has 3 senses:

1. indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
2. characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
3. deviating from a straight course

  Familiarity information: DEVIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DEVIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1devious [BACK TO TOP]


Indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading


devious; oblique

Context examples:

used devious means to achieve success / gave oblique answers to direct questions / oblique political maneuvers


indirect (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action)

Sense 2devious [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive


shifty; devious

Context examples:

a devious character / shifty eyes


untrustworthy; untrusty (not worthy of trust or belief)

Sense 3devious [BACK TO TOP]


Deviating from a straight course


circuitous; roundabout; devious

Context examples:

a scenic but devious route / a long and circuitous journey by train and boat / a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic


indirect (not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination)

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