Definition of innuendo in English:
noun (plural innuendoes or innuendos)
- And, in their laddish way, they will make lewd and disparaging remarks and innuendos.
- Problems occurred, however, when the behavior was unwelcome by staff members or if the behaviors included lewd remarks or sexual innuendos.
- When sexual innuendos were actually made they appeared forced in order to appease my interests - they failed in this attempt.
mid 16th century (as an adverb in the sense 'that is to say, to wit', used in legal documents to introduce an explanation): Latin, 'by nodding at, by pointing to', ablative gerund of innuere, from in- 'toward' + nuere 'to nod'. The noun dates from the late 17th century.
Early legal documents would introduce an explanation of a word with innuendo, meaning ‘that is to say, to wit’, as in ‘he (innuendo the plaintiff) is a thief’ from a mid 17th-century glossary. Innuendo comes from a Latin word meaning ‘by nodding at, by pointing to’, from in ‘towards’ and nuere ‘to nod’. In the late 17th century it became possible to have an innuendo, ‘an explanation’, and also the modern sense, ‘an oblique remark or hint’.
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