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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]

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From insinuo


  • /ɪnˈsɪnjueɪt/, /In"sInjueIt/


  1. Make a way for or introduce something by subtle, crafty or artful means.
    • 1995, Terry Pratchett, Maskerade, p. 242
      Nanny didn't so much enter places as insinuate herself; she had unconsciously taken a natural talent for liking people and developed it into an occult science.
  2. To creep, wind, or flow into.
  3. To enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
    The water insinuated itself into the rock. It became ice, which expanded and cracked large fragments off of the hard stone.
  4. To ingratiate oneself; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.
  5. To hint at (something); to suggest or express an idea indirectly.
    She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.


(Make a way for or introduce something by subtle, crafty or artful means.): imply


make way for by subtle means
creep or wind into
enter gently or imperceptibly
ingratiate oneself
hint at (something)



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, insinuare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, insinuare#Italian|insinuare

Extensive Definition

An innuendo is a figure of speech which indicates an indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.
Innuendo might also be:
insinuate in Hebrew: Innuendo
insinuate in Dutch: Innuendo
insinuate in Serbian: Innuendo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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