[ in-sin-yoo-ey-ting ]
/ ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ /
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tending to instill doubts, distrust, etc.; suggestive: an insinuating letter.
gaining favor or winning confidence by artful means: an insinuating manner.
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Origin of insinuating
First recorded in 1585–95; insinuat(e) + -ing2
OTHER WORDS FROM insinuating
in·sin·u·at·ing·ly, adverbhalf-in·sin·u·at·ing, adjectivehalf-in·sin·u·at·ing·ly, adverbpre·in·sin·u·at·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use insinuating in a sentence
The baby two seats ahead leaned over toward her insinuatingly, and made her think of the baby and the clothes-pins.
She did insinuatingly ask Wilbur what his favourite flower was, but this got her nowhere, because it proved that he did not know.The Wrong Twin|Harry Leon Wilson
"Perhaps, Monsieur had better lie down again now and sleep awhile," said Picard insinuatingly.The Forest of Swords|Joseph A. Altsheler
"But if you are going to Belden—" Specs began insinuatingly.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
It will make a scandal, said the money-lender insinuatingly.The Best Policy|Elliott Flower