from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To introduce or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) gradually and insidiously. See Synonyms at suggest.
- transitive v. To introduce or insert (oneself) by subtle and artful means.
- intransitive v. To make insinuations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices
- v. to ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means
- v. to hint; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.
- transitive v. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.
- transitive v. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily
- transitive v. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively.
- intransitive v. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
- intransitive v. To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring in tortuously or indirectly; introduce by devious means or by imperceptible degrees; worm in.
- To hint obliquely; suggest indirectly, or by remote allusion.
- Synonyms Intimate, Suggest, etc. See hint, transitive verb
- To move tortuously; wind.
- To creep or flow softly in; enter imperceptibly or stealthily.
- To gain on the affections or confidence by cautious or artful means; ingratiate one's self.
- To make hints or indirect suggestions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner
- v. give to understand
Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin īnsinuō ("to push in, creep in, steal in"), from in ("in") + sinus ("a winding, bend, bay, fold, bosom") (Wiktionary)