Oblique is an adjective that means ‘indirect or not straightforward.’ It’s also a noun that refers to ‘something that is oblique.’
Our word of the day is from Latin. Obliquus (oh blee GOOSE) means ‘diagonally’ or ‘slanted.’ To this day, it may refer a line that is neither perpendicular nor parallel, and it may also mean something that is indirect or implied. The congressman’s speech contained a number of oblique references to his disgraced colleague. Although he didn’t mention Senator Harmon by name, we all new perfectly well who he was talking about.