- 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 insinuative
A voice, which was unctuous and insinuative, emanated from the figure.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The little poet was as insinuative and volcanic (by turns) as ever.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto
The contractor had caught no sign revealing whether his insinuative words were having effect.The Walking Delegate
They form an agreeable contrast to the chaos of oppressive learning of the time, and have an insinuative air about them.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
"I don't deny there are plenty of ghosts about," he answered with insinuative deference.The King of Schnorrers
- (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 insinuative
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.