[ in-sin-yoo-ey-ting ]
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  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

First recorded in 1585–95; insinuat(e) + -ing2

Other words from insinuating

  • in·sin·u·at·ing·ly, adverb
  • half-in·sin·u·at·ing, adjective
  • half-in·sin·u·at·ing·ly, adverb
  • pre·in·sin·u·at·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·in·sin·u·at·ing, adjective

Words Nearby insinuating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use insinuating in a sentence

  • Marius frowned darkly, but before he could speak, Tressan was insinuating a compliment to the Marquise.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • "I am afraid that it concerns all of us," the count was saying in a dangerously insinuating voice.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
  • It does smell delicious, came in an insinuating tone from the window-seat across the room.

    Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
  • "The overland route does not lead directly through paradise, my dear Mrs. Stanley," admitted Coronado with insinuating candor.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • The insinuating affectionateness and winning playfulness had hitherto not been brought out so distinctly.