de·vi·ous /ˈdiviəs, vjəs/
1. Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way.
2. Going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step.
Syn: -- Wandering; roving; rambling; vagrant.
-- De*vi*ous*ly, adv. -- De*vi*ous*ness, n.
adj 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" [syn: oblique]
2: characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive; "a devious
character"; "shifty eyes" [syn: 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" [syn: circuitous,