1. Not straightforward; shifty: a devious character.
2. Departing from the correct or accepted way; erring: achieved success by devious means.
3. Deviating from the straight or direct course; roundabout: a devious route.
4. Away from a main road or course; distant or removed.
[From Latin dēvius, out-of-the-way : dē-, de- + via, road; see wegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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