anfractuous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin anfractuosus, from Latin anfractus (bend, curve).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ænˈfɹæktjʊəs/

Adjective[edit]

anfractuous (comparative more anfractuous, superlative most anfractuous)

  1. sinuous, twisty, winding.
    • 1995, Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age:
      It was just that the story was anfractuous.
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest:
      Shy, iridescent, coltish, pelvically anfractuous, amply busted, given to diffident movements
  2. craggy, rugged, coarse, rough, uneven.
    • 1920, T. S. Eliot, Poems, A. A. Knopf:
      Paint me the bold anfractuous rocks / Faced by the snarled and yelping seas.