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Insinuate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    insinuate v
  1. introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"
  2. give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife" [syn: intimate, adumbrate]
Insinuate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Insinuate \In*sin"u*ate\, v. i.
  1. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
  2. To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning. He would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh. --Shak. To insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my limbs. --Shak.
Insinuate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Insinuate \In*sin"u*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insinuated; p. pr. & vb. n. Insinuating.] [L. insinuatus, p. p. of insinuareto insinuate; pref. in- in + sinus the bosom. See Sinuous.]
  1. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement. The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables. --Woodward.
  2. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill. All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment. --Locke. Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts. --Dryden.
  3. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?
  4. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively. He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham. --Clarendon. Syn: To instill; hint; suggest; intimate.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Insinuate'


An innuendo is a baseless invention of thoughts or ideas. It can also be a remark or question, typically disparaging (also called insinuation), that works obliquely by allusion. In the latter sense, the intention is often to insult or accuse someone in such a way that one's words, taken literally, are innocent.

An innuendo is, according to the Advanced Oxford Learner's Dictionary, "an indirect remark about somebody's body, usually suggesting something bad, mean or rude; the use of remarks like this: innuendoes about her private life or The song is full of sexual innuendo." The word is often used to express disapproval.

In the context of defamation law, an innuendo is the meaning born by the form of words complained of.

The term sexual innuendo has acquired a specific meaning, namely that of a "risque" double entendre by playing on a possibly sexual interpretation of an otherwise innocent uttering. For example: "We need to go deeper" can be seen as both a request for further inquiry on any given issue, or as a hint at desire for sexual intercourse.

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  • Ray Lewis insinuates on ESPN that the Ravens may have failed Ray Rice
    "You have to figure out how to stop people from getting involved in wrong and that's what good teams have done," Lewis said on ESPN on Monday. Read more on this news related to 'Insinuate'
  • The Ghana journalists association - in defence of irresponsible journalism
    On the basis that a journalist chose to insinuate publicly that it was Asamoah Djan who had killed his best friend Castro, by spiritual means for material benefits, I am prompted by the ensuing turmoil to also add my voice to the melee as captured in the Ghanaweb story of 7th Sept 2014 titled, 'Baffour Gyan granted bail, one more arrested'. Read more on this news related to 'Insinuate'
  • Teyana Taylor Denies Causing Fight Between Ray and Janay Rice (Watch)
    *Add singer Teyana Taylor to the reasons why Ray Rice decked his wife Janay in that Atlantic City casino. Not!! According to rapper/reality star Joe Budden, the clues are there for those who keep track of Taylor and her buzzworthy antics. So much so that Budden took to Twitter to insinuate that Taylor is the one responsible for the split. […] Read more on this news related to 'Insinuate'

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