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Definitions of insinuate

  1. give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; - often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything? Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; - used reflexively. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To push, work, or introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means, as into the confidence or affections of; suggest or hint indirectly; introduce as by a winding motion; worm in. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Work oneself into the confidence or affection of another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To introduce gently or artfully: to hint, esp. a fault: to work into favor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To creep or flow in: to enter gently: to obtain access by flattery or stealth. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. INSINUATOR. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Insinuation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To introduce artfully; hint; work into favor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To suggest indirectly; intimate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To worm (oneself) in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To hint. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To work oneself into favor, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To wind in; to introduce gently or artfully; to ingratiate or work into favour; to hint or suggest by remote allusion; to instill. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. To wind in; to enter gently or imperceptibly; to gain on the affections by gentle or artful means. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To push or work one's self into favour by gentle means; to wind in; to ingratiate, as into the affections or one's confidence; to hint, generally in a bad sense; to gain on by gentle or artful means. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything? mso.anu.edu.au
  24. To push or work one's self, as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively. mso.anu.edu.au
  25. in-sin'[=u]-[=a]t, v.t. to introduce gently or artfully: to hint, esp. a fault: to work into favour.--v.i. to creep or flow in: to enter gently: to obtain access by flattery or stealth.--adj. INSIN'UATING, tending to insinuate or enter gently: insensibly winning confidence.--adv. INSIN'UATINGLY.--n. INSINU[=A]'TION, act of insinuating: power of insinuating: that which is insinuated: a hint, esp. conveying an indirect imputation.--adj. INSIN'UATIVE, insinuating or stealing on the confidence: using insinuation.--n. INSIN'UATOR.--adj. INSIN'UATORY. [L. insinu[=a]re, -[=a]tum--in, in, sinus, a curve.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Introduce (thing, oneself, into place, oneself, person, into favour, office, &c.) gradually or subtly; convey indirectly, hint obliquely, (idea, that). Hence insinuatingly adv., insinuation, insinuator, nn., insinuative a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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