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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
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  • "Her late master was unlucky, I've heard," said I, insinuatingly.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • "At least your highness will remain to luncheon," she said insinuatingly.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • Ben laughed so heartily, so insinuatingly, the contagion of his fun could not be resisted.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • "I have brought the shares I spoke of," continued Mr. Wiles, insinuatingly.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Passepoil whispered, insinuatingly: "Could I help to carry off the lady?"

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • "We have fine partridges," said the head-waiter, insinuatingly.

  • "People do get to feeling that way about chickens when they keep them," I said insinuatingly.

    The Adventures Of A Suburbanite Ellis Parker Butler
  • "It is one of the most charming of nights," said Agapit, insinuatingly.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • Just prior to the arrest of the defendant, insinuatingly, you were away?

  • “Well, the stock is the same,” suggested Blount insinuatingly.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge

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