[ in-sin-yoo-ey-ting ]
/ ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ /


tending to instill doubts, distrust, etc.; suggestive: an insinuating letter.
gaining favor or winning confidence by artful means: an insinuating manner.

Origin of insinuating

First recorded in 1585–95; insinuate + -ing2

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Definition for insinuating (2 of 2)

[ in-sin-yoo-eyt ]
/ ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing.

to make insinuations.

Origin of insinuate

1520–30; < Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinuous, -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR insinuate

1 See hint.
2 introduce, inject, inculcate.

OTHER WORDS FROM insinuate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insinuating

/ (ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt) /


(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

Derived forms of insinuate

insinuative or insinuatory, adjectiveinsinuator, noun

Word Origin for insinuate

C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in- ² + sinus curve
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