from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.
  • noun Law A plaintiff's allegation explicating the defamatory meaning of the publication or utterance in a libel suit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • [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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An oblique hint; a remote allusion or reference, usually derogatory to a person or thing not named; an insinuation.
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication or insinuation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an indirect (and usually malicious) implication


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin innuendō, by hinting, ablative of innuendum, gerund of innuere, to nod to : in-, to, toward; see in– + -nuere, to nod.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Latin innuendō ("by nodding"), ablative singular form of innuendum ("a nodding"), gerund of innuō ("I give a nod").


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