Synonyms of devious in English:


See US English definition of devious

See UK English definition of devious

See Spanish definition of taimado


1‘he exposed the many devious ways in which governments bent the rules in their favour’

underhand, underhanded, deceitful, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, Janus-faced, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
crafty, cunning, calculating, artful, conniving, scheming, designing, sly, wily, guileful, tricky
sneaky, sneaking, furtive, secret, secretive, clandestine, surreptitious, covert, veiled, shrouded, cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hole-and-corner, hidden, back-alley, backstairs, under the table, conspiratorial
North American snide, snidey
informal crooked, shady, bent, low-down, murky, fishy
British informal dodgy
Australian, New Zealand informal shonky
South African informal slim

above board

2‘the A832 is a devious route around the coastal fringes’

circuitous, roundabout, indirect, meandering, winding, serpentine, tortuous, rambling
rare anfractuous