Adjective "insinuating" definition and examples

(Insinuating may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɪnˈsɪnjʊeɪt/

Definitions and examples

verb

Suggest or hint (something bad) in an indirect and unpleasant way.
  1. 'dirty, insinuating laughter'
  2. 'Look, not to insinuate anything, but do you realize that you've been talking about them the entire time?'
  3. 'It is further insinuated by your article that our employees were ‘excavating a trench, using a backhoe.’'
  4. 'He has implied it, insinuated it, hinted it, and intimated it, but he has not suggested it.'
  5. 'And anyone reading the weasel words of doubt that are insinuated throughout this text can only have profound concern about the basis for which Britain is to go to war.'
  6. 'I've had patients insinuate something like that when we have to go through a few different blood pressure medications to find the right one for them.'
  7. 'I'm not insinuating anything, well; if I am it's just the truth.'
  8. 'But it appears to be afraid to tackle such issues head-on, and instead hints and insinuates at the possible problems and considerations.'
  9. 'Natalia asked angrily, turning toward him and stopping her work, her eyes burning with intensity, appalled that he would even insinuate something like that.'
  10. 'Some actors I work with, guys that really aren't qualified, would tell you how to do something, or imply something, insinuate something.'
  11. 'China does not prevent religious expression, as is insinuated in your article.'
Slide (oneself or a thing) slowly and smoothly into a particular place.
  1. 'He played them brilliantly, without insinuating a trace of sinister charm or humour.'
  2. 'It was thick and you could see, by the porch lights, wispy tendrils insinuating themselves around plants and patio furniture.'
  3. 'Show them that he is insinuating himself there.'
  4. 'He was clearly good at insinuating his ideas into some of the housemate's heads so that he could recruit them into his plan.'
  5. 'But evidence of how far Glesca has already insinuated itself in the English language was presented earlier this year when Home Counties girl Jade Goody made the word ‘minging’ a cult catchphrase.'
  6. 'It insinuates its genetic material into the cell and tricks its intricate reproductive machinery into assembling thousands of new viral particles, usually at the expense of the cell's own survival.'
  7. 'That Morris' own photography, like his writing, insinuated itself with considerable artistry into the vernacular culture he revered was a matter he preferred not to discuss.'
  8. '‘Not many clubs allow you to bring your dogs,’ Auberon Waugh said with satisfaction as he patted a Labrador that had insinuated itself under our table.'
  9. 'The idea of providing black students with ‘role models’ is counterproductive because it insinuates the notion that you can be inspired only by people who look like you.'
  10. 'The road insinuates itself along the cliffs and coves leading to Anglesea where I found Victoria's oddest golf course.'
  11. 'he insinuated himself into the king's confidence'
  12. 'Posing as an unrequited admirer of the daughter, Pattie, Martin insinuates his way into the Bates' home.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'Eyeing his father's money with growing envy, his fourth son tried to and succeeded in insinuating himself into his father's favour.'
  15. 'I mean that is - I think it's the height of irresponsibility for anybody to be insinuating themselves into this case who isn't one of the law enforcement agencies.'
  16. 'By insinuating himself into the French nobility, he systematically destroys the men who manipulated and enslaved him.'
  17. 'At every opportunity, Marita pretends to defend Catherine while insinuating herself into David's confidences.'
  18. 'Manipulative and conniving, Evie has driven a wedge between Tracy and her mother, Melanie, while at the same time insinuating herself into Tracy's home and school life.'
  19. 'While trying to blend in at Chrysler, Zetsche is slowly insinuating himself into Detroit's clubby community.'
  20. 'Lopez tries to find Dell, but ends up trying to insinuating himself into Dell's family and replace him.'
  21. 'They skillfully insinuated themselves within striking distance of their targets.'

More definitions

1. tending to instill doubts, distrust, etc.; suggestive: an insinuating letter.

2. gaining favor or winning confidence by artful means: an insinuating manner.

More examples(as adjective)

"impulses can be insinuating."

Origin

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’.