1. [ adjective ] indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
Synonyms: oblique

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

Related terms: indirect
2. [ adjective ] characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
Synonyms: shifty

"a devious character" "shifty eyes"

Related terms: untrustworthy
3. [ adjective ] deviating from a straight course
Synonyms: roundabout circuitous

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

Related terms: indirect
Similar spelling:   Debus