from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.
- n. Law A plaintiff's interpretation in a libel suit of allegedly libelous or slanderous material.
- n. Law A parenthetic explanation of a word or charge in a legal document.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication or insinuation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An oblique hint; a remote allusion or reference, usually derogatory to a person or thing not named; an insinuation.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- [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.
- 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.
- Synonyms See hint, transitive verb (end of comparison).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
From Latin innuendō, by hinting, ablative of innuendum, gerund of innuere, to nod to : in-, to, toward; see in-2 + -nuere, to nod.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin innuendō ("by nodding"), ablative singular form of innuendum ("a nodding"), gerund of innuō ("I give a nod"). (Wiktionary)