- 1Suggest or hint (something bad) in an indirect and unpleasant way: [with clause]: he was insinuating that she slept her way to the top (as adjective insinuating) dirty, insinuating laughterMore example sentences
- He has implied it, insinuated it, hinted it, and intimated it, but he has not suggested it.
- But it appears to be afraid to tackle such issues head-on, and instead hints and insinuates at the possible problems and considerations.
- Some actors I work with, guys that really aren't qualified, would tell you how to do something, or imply something, insinuate something.
- 2 (insinuate oneself into) Manoeuvre oneself into (a favourable position) by subtle manipulation: he insinuated himself into the king’s confidenceMore example sentences
- By manipulating the Government, by insinuating themselves into Government positions they became bureaucrats and have done it through bureaucratic and administrative policies.
- Claiming that even normal childhood behaviour is a mental ‘disorder’ and that drugs are the solution, psychiatrists and psychologists have insinuated themselves into positions of authority over these children.
- Despite her artistic success and ability to insinuate herself into positions of power, however, Uma fails to maintain a stable alternative identity, even as Parvati.
- 3 [with object and adverbial of direction] Slide (oneself or a thing) slowly and smoothly into a particular place: I insinuated my shoulder in the gapMore example sentences
slide, slip, manoeuvre, insert, edge, work, move into position
- The Saturday Show BBC1, 9pm Justin Timberlake slides in to insinuate himself on his new single.
- Show them that he is insinuating himself there.
- It was thick and you could see, by the porch lights, wispy tendrils insinuating themselves around plants and patio furniture.
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- He is nasty (and insinuatingly sympathetic), snarling with wit about disasters of transport and bodily malfunction.
- He's helped by Gilberto Gil's insinuatingly seductive, subtly sinuous score, as he is by his noncliched casting of the chief role.
- ‘I think I might be able to resist him now,’ she paused, an eyebrow raised insinuatingly.
early 16th century (in the sense 'enter (a document) on the official register'): from Latin insinuat- 'introduced tortuously', from the verb insinuare, from in- 'in' + sinuare 'to curve'.