innuendo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n innuendo an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Innuendo (Law) An averment employed in pleading, to point the application of matter otherwise unintelligible; an interpretative parenthesis thrown into quoted matter to explain an obscure word or words; -- as, the plaintiff avers that the defendant said that he (innuendo the plaintiff) was a thief.
    • Innuendo An oblique hint; a remote allusion or reference, usually derogatory to a person or thing not named; an insinuation. "Mercury . . . owns it a marriage by an innuendo .""Pursue your trade of scandal picking;
      Your innuendoes , when you tell us,
      That Stella loves to talk with fellows."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • innuendo [L.] Intimating; insinuating; signifying: a word used at the beginning of an explanatory parenthetical clause in Latin (Middle Latin), and still occasionally in English, pleadings, introducing the person or thing meant: as, he (innuendo the plaintiff) did so and so.
    • innuendo n.; pl. innuendos or innuendoes (-dōz). An oblique hint; an indirect intimation about a person or thing; an allusive or inferential suggestion: commonly used in a bad sense, but sometimes in an innocent one. Also, erroneously, inuendo.
    • innuendo Synonyms See hint, transitive verb (end of comparison).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Innuendo in-ū-en′dō a side-hint: an indirect reference or intimation: a part of a pleading in cases of libel and slander, pointing out what and who was meant by the libellous matter or description
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., by intimation, by hinting, gerund of innuere, innutum, to give a nod, to intimate; pref. in-, in, to + -nuere,in comp.) to nod. See Nutation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., the ablative gerund of innuĕrein, in, nuĕre, to nod.

Usage

In literature:

The suggestion was very sudden and very simple, conveying in it no intended hint or innuendo.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
Everybody seemed to be having "an affair," and the talk was redolent of innuendo.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
I have told you something of his slimy plots, of his detestable innuendoes.
"Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist" by John T. McIntyre
He sprang a fresh innuendo.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Innuendoes are not warnings.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
Not by the slightest tremor did Bower betray the shock caused by her innuendo.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
Mingled with hints and vague innuendoes, some facts were stated and some names given that created no little sensation.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
He sounded Colfax on various occasions by innuendo, and noted his sniffing nostrils.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
She had seen the misery made by little wicked innuendoes half a dozen words long.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Nothing but insults and foul innuendoes.
"Command" by William McFee
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In news:

No, not this week—not when I can instead torture you with blind items full of half-baked innuendos.
Conservative seize on 'racial innuendoes'.
It takes a whole heck of a lot for a coach to respond to widespread rumor and innuendo.
"Cabaret Decadance" has been performing its song and dance routine with all the slapstick and innuendo, soft shoe and shuffle, since 1997.
We're less than a week away from the deadline for franchise quarterback Drew Brees to sign a long-term deal and, as you might expect, the innuendo is heating up.
And, maybe more damagingly, that the Tuggs deal is an example of "skullduggery and corruption" — a view Ford characterizes as "innuendo.
Mark Rappaport unpacked its extended gay-baiting innuendo in his 1992 film Rock Hudson's Home Movies.
The ones that get rejected often have objectionable language, sexual innuendo and more.
Innuendo pops up in public works .
Innuendo pops up in public works.
Funny Video- FAIL Disney Rad Repeatin Tarzan is the Funniest WORST innuendo filled Funny and inappropriate Walt Disney TOY EVER.
We hate to delve into smut and cheap innuendo -- leaping into it is more fun and profitable these days -- but the subject can be avoided no longer.
To gain revenge, they compile all the nasty rumors and innuendo about the toy industry for your enjoyment.
If there's one rumor that is based on nothing more than speculation, innuendo and wishful thinking -- and yet refuses to die -- it's the Apple Tablet.
ZEW Music Notes, Gossip, Innuendo (via VH1) — The Script 's New Album.
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