Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Insinuate'
- introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"
- give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife" [syn: intimate, adumbrate]
- Insinuate \In*sin"u*ate\, v. i.
- To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
- 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 \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
- 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.
- 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.
- To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?
- 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.
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.[See more about Insinuate at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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