verb (used with object), in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing.
verb (used without object), in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing.
Origin of insinuate
Synonyms for insinuate
Related Words for insinuativecharming, crawling, deferential, disarming, flattering, humble, obsequious, saccharine, serving, silken, smarmy, soft, suggestive, unctuous, sycophantic, toadying
Examples from the Web for insinuative
Historical Examples of insinuative
A voice, which was unctuous and insinuative, emanated from the figure.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The little poet was as insinuative and volcanic (by turns) as ever.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto
The contractor had caught no sign revealing whether his insinuative words were having effect.The Walking Delegate
They form an agreeable contrast to the chaos of oppressive learning of the time, and have an insinuative air about them.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
"I don't deny there are plenty of ghosts about," he answered with insinuative deference.The King of Schnorrers
Word Origin for insinuate
1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding." Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.