Another fancy word I’ll be gunning to fit in a piece of creative writing sometime in the near future, A.K.A. tonight.
Anfractuous can be defined as something ‘full of windings and intricate turnings: tortuous’ or something sinuous or circuitous.
First known use: Late 16th century: from late Latin anfractuosus, from Latin anfractus ‘a bending’.
Some synonyms include: Bending, tortuous and serpentine
Some antonyms include: Straight, square and direct.
“Dr. X almost never left the boundaries of Old Shanghai, which was part of a separate district; more to the point, he stuck to a small but anfractuous subregion….”
— Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age, 1995
Paint me the bold anfractuous rocks Faced by the snarled and yelping seas.
— T.S. Eliot.