noun, plural in·nu·en·dos, in·nu·en·does.
- a parenthetic explanation or specification in a pleading.
- (in an action for slander or libel) the explanation and elucidation of the words alleged to be defamatory.
- the word or expression thus explained.
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Origin of innuendo
historical usage of innuendo
In Latin innuendo is a gerund, a verbal noun more or less equivalent to verbal nouns ending in -ing in English, as for instance, the noun “reading” in “I like reading,” which is equivalent to the simple infinitive, as in “I like to read.” Latin innuendo is in the ablative singular case (and so to be translated “by __ing”) and means “by hinting, by intimating.” In legal documents in Medieval Latin, innuendo was used as an adverb meaning “to wit, that is to say, i.e.” (its original meaning in English in the 16th century); innuendo introduced a parenthetical explanation of the exact reference of a noun or pronoun, especially in cases of slander or libel in which innuendo introduced clarifying statements about what and who was meant by the libel or slander. By the late 17th century, innuendo in English acquired a noun sense “an indirect and usually derogatory intimation about someone or something.”
Words nearby innuendo
Example sentences from the Web for innuendo
FitzGerald’s relationship with veteran reporter Ward Just meant she avoided the sexual advances and innuendo that trailed Leroy.Three female journalists who braved the chaos of Vietnam|Jacqueline Winspear|March 12, 2021|Washington Post
Given such an agenda, the FBI’s file on King, as you might expect, is shot through with hostility, sexual innuendo, and gossip, with plenty of references to King’s numerous extramarital affairs.The FBI's Surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Relentless. But Its Findings Paint a Fuller Picture for Historians|Benjamin Hedin|January 18, 2021|Time
If the Bucks continue to fall short, innuendo will overtake the happiness of this moment.Giannis Antetokounmpo’s patience is a gift to Milwaukee. Don’t blow it, Bucks.|Jerry Brewer|December 16, 2020|Washington Post
The questions about China, and innuendos about whether Democrats can be trusted to confront them, have no end date.The Trailer: Why the GOP is talking about China, from Georgia to the courtroom|David Weigel|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
More than a dozen women told the Times that in the presence of Fred Dame, the court’s co-founder and honorary “chair emeritus,” they were subjected to sexual innuendo and unwanted touching.Report Details Litany of Sexual Abuse Experienced by Women in Master Sommelier Training|Elazar Sontag|October 30, 2020|Eater
But the entendre and innuendo permeates the rest of the series—often innocently, but sometimes far more blatantly.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The definition of “innuendo,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an oblique allusion.”Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The presidential paramour was French film star Julie Gayet, 42, confirming months of behind-the-scenes innuendo.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All|Tracy McNicoll|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For years your bright light was darkened by a blizzard of lies, cheating and innuendo.I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie: An Open Letter to Greg LeMond|Mark McKinnon|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After more innuendo-laden, sex-soaked back-and-forths, Eric poured a martini.
Gossip in all its moods and tenses, from the vague indicative of mere innuendo, to the full subjunctive of open defamation!The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
This exhibited enormous, black head-lines, screaming innuendo of the most blasting character.The Beauty|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
"All very well going up," murmured the mountaineer: there was a sinister innuendo in the curt comments of the practical man.No Hero|E.W. Hornung
Piper was heartily glad that Hooker had won, and he felt that Roy was generous in his willingness to overlook Shultzs innuendo.The New Boys at Oakdale|Morgan Scott
She was inimitably dexterous and indefatigable in improving every occasion of innuendo.Self-control|Mary Brunton
British Dictionary definitions for innuendo
noun plural -dos or -does
- an explanation of the construction put upon words alleged to be defamatory where the defamatory meaning is not apparent
- the words thus explained