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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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  • Trayvon Martin: What did Kobe Bryant say about justice?
    Could an African-American insinuate that George Zimmerman is not guilty? Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant tested those waters in a New Yorker interview. When asked about the Miami Heat team photo (taken in 2013) wearing hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was fatally shot in 2012, Bryant seemed to criticize their quick support of Martin. Read more on this news related to 'Insinuate'
  • Shamrock: Askren Is 'A Complete Nobody' for Saying Ortiz vs. Shlemenko Is Fixed
    UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock is not amused by ONE FC welterweight Ben Askren 's recent assertion that Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko is a " work ."  Shamrock, a friend of Ortiz, called out the "Funky" one on the subject via Twitter last night:  @ Benaskren - are you a complete nobody to insinuate what you did about @ titoortiz . - h Read more on this news related to 'Insinuate'
  • On the same page? - DAWN.COM
    THE will of the people is exercised through the ballot and like it or not we do have a democratically-elected government in place. To insinuate that our political leadership and the army are not on the same page is to accuse the army of treason. Read more on this news related to 'Insinuate'

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