Innuendo vs. Inuendo



A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication, intimation or insinuation.

‘She made a devious innuendo about her husband, who was embarrassed.’;


See Innuendo.


(logic) A rhetorical device with an omitted, but obvious conclusion, made to increase the force of an argument.


(legal) Part of a pleading in cases of libel and slander, pointing out what and who was meant by the libellous matter or description.


To interpret (something libellous or slanderous) in terms of what was implied.


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.’;


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.


an indirect (and usually malicious) implication


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.

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