An innuendo is a hint, insinuation or intimation about a person or thing, especially of a denigrating or a derogatory nature. It can also be a remark or question, typically disparaging (also called insinuation), that works obliquely by allusion. In the latter sense the intention is often to insult or accuse someone in such a way that one's words, taken literally, are innocent.
According to the Advanced Oxford Learner's Dictionary, an innuendo is "an indirect remark about somebody or something, usually suggesting something bad, mean or rude", such as: "innuendos about her private life" or "The song is full of sexual innuendo".The term sexual innuendo has acquired a specific meaning, namely that of a "risqué" double entendre by playing on a possibly sexual interpretation of an otherwise innocent uttering. For example: "We need to go deeper" can be seen as either a request for further inquiry, or a request to go deeper into an intimate part.
In the context of defamation law, an innuendo meaning is one which is not directly contained in the words complained of, but which would be understood by those reading it based on special knowledge.
To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.
To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.
"She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her."
To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.
suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at
"she had a way of alluding to Jean but never saying her name"
mention without discussing at length
"we will allude briefly to the main points"
(of an artist or a work of art) recall (an earlier work or style) in such a way as to suggest a relationship with it
"the photographs allude to Italian Baroque painting"
To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion; to have reference to a subject not specifically and plainly mentioned; - followed by to; as, the story alludes to a recent transaction.
To compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable.
To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.
To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.
To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; - often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?
To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; - used reflexively.
To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.
make a more or less disguised reference to;
"He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner;
"He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"
give to understand;
"I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
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