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insinuating

[in-sin-yoo-ey-ting] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to instill doubts, distrust, etc.; suggestive:
an insinuating letter.
2.
gaining favor or winning confidence by artful means:
an insinuating manner.
Origin of insinuating
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; insinuate + -ing2
Related forms
insinuatingly, adverb
half-insinuating, adjective
half-insinuatingly, adverb
preinsinuatingly, adverb
uninsinuating, adjective

insinuate

[in-sin-yoo-eyt] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), insinuated, insinuating.
1.
to suggest or hint slyly:
He insinuated that they were lying.
2.
to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind:
to insinuate doubts through propaganda.
3.
to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods:
to insinuate oneself into favor.
verb (used without object), insinuated, insinuating.
4.
to make insinuations.
Origin
1520-30; < Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinuous, -ate1
Related forms
insinuative
[in-sin-yoo-ey-tiv, -yoo-uh-] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -yu ə-/ (Show IPA),
insinuatory
[in-sin-yoo-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈsɪn yu əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
insinuatively, adverb
insinuator, noun
half-insinuated, adjective
preinsinuate, verb, preinsinuated, preinsinuating.
preinsinuative, adjective
uninsinuated, adjective
uninsinuative, adjective
Synonyms
1. See hint. 2. introduce, inject, inculcate.
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  • Excuse me for insinuating by this expression, that there may yet be amongst you some novices.

  • The insinuating traveller complimented her on the justice of the distinction.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • His manner towards the sex was remarkable for its insinuating character.

  • 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 William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for insinuating

insinuate

/ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
2.
(transitive) to introduce subtly or deviously
3.
(transitive) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
Derived Forms
insinuative, insinuatory, adjective
insinuator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in-² + sinus curve
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Word Origin and History for insinuating

insinuate

v.

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.

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