having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.

Origin of allusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related formsal·lu·sive·ly, adverbal·lu·sive·ness, nounun·al·lu·sive, adjectiveun·al·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·al·lu·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for allusively

Historical Examples of allusively

  • Why, he exclaimed, allusively to its lustrous brilliance, it laughs at you.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • The old mythology, when it was kept, was used allegorically and allusively.


    Walter Raleigh

  • He was between them as an awesome presence, never mentioned otherwise than allusively.

  • "Certain people have money in the bank themselves," said Master Andres allusively.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

  • She rose with an air of dismissing the subject, though she continued to speak of it allusively.

    The High Heart

    Basil King

British Dictionary definitions for allusively



containing or full of allusions
Derived Formsallusively, adverballusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for allusively



c.1600, from Latin allus-, past participle stem of alludere (see allude) + -ive. Related: Allusively; allusiveness.

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