- tending to instill doubts, distrust, etc.; suggestive: an insinuating letter.
- gaining favor or winning confidence by artful means: an insinuating manner.
Origin of insinuating
- to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were lying.
- to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind: to insinuate doubts through propaganda.
- to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods: to insinuate oneself into favor.
- to make insinuations.
Origin of insinuate
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Examples from the Web for insinuating
The Orioles scarred Palmer by insinuating that his problems were in his head.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Olasky describes it instead as “insinuating evolution,” which sounds sinister.How Creationism Hurts Christian Colleges—And Their Students
Karl W. Giberson
February 13, 2014
Criticisms of white people, and especially insinuating that they are crazy, have to come with a punchline.Rawcus Is the Rapper Behind the Viral ‘White People Crazy’ Video
January 29, 2014
Then, gradually, “it got more to Kevin insinuating sexual things.”‘I Always Felt It Was Creepy’: Stories of Sex With Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash
Maria Elena Fernandez
December 6, 2012
Whether he is insinuating himself into a juggling routine or flubbing a trapeze act, he clearly has those skills in his toolkit.Giovanni Zoppé’s Real-Life Family Circus
October 21, 2012
Excuse me for insinuating by this expression, that there may yet be amongst you some novices.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The insinuating traveller complimented her on the justice of the distinction.Little Dorrit
His manner towards the sex was remarkable for its insinuating character.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
If he is of an insinuating address, he may get a glimpse of their daily life.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I can turn a deaf ear to enticements the most alluring, and sounds the most insinuating.Imogen
- (may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
- (tr) to introduce subtly or deviously
- (tr) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
Word Origin and History for insinuating
1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding." Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.