1. (of a route or journey) longer than the most direct way.
  2. not being forthright or direct in language or action

Examples of circuitous in a sentence:

  • While John said his directions would get us home quickly, his route actually took us on a more circuitous path that led us miles out of the way.
  • Because the bookshelf came with circuitous instructions, I was unable to put it together properly.