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double entendre

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nounplural noun double entendres/ˌduːbl ɒnˈtɒndrə/ /ˌduːbl ɒ̃ˈtɒ̃drə/

  • 1A word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.

    ‘he was unable to get through two consecutive sentences without a smutty double entendre’
    • ‘The country's funniest entertainers have been warned to keep their double entendres to themselves when they appear at the British Comedy Awards 2003.’
    • ‘The naïve values I was raised on - and passed down to my kids, seem less and less relevant in a world of connivance, double dealings, double crossings and double entendres.’
    • ‘So - but as far as the material went, no, we couldn't do double entendres, and he did change words once in a while.’
    • ‘By the early 1970s, his relentless double entendres were beginning to sound dated and self-parodic.’
    • ‘For the most part, BMX XXX reuses the same formula found in countless extreme sports games, only the goals are chocked full of smutty double entendres.’
    • ‘In the title piece, readers are thrown from one double entendre to the next.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, all of the other characters engage in leery double entendres and surprisingly tame sex scenes.’
    • ‘But, all the amusing double entendres suddenly aren't so amusing when you're looking at your kids and thinking about the words to describe these toys coming out of their mouths.’
    • ‘Lupin is in many ways reminiscent of the Pink Panther series of films, with its 60s / 70s cosmopolitan sheen and reliable caper-based formula, laced with risqué double entendres.’
    • ‘The producers were instructed by the BBC to cut out double entendres as these were said to be giving offence to some listeners of the Light Programme.’
    • ‘I hope this answers your query, without double entendres or innuendo.’
    • ‘The lyrics are brimming with double entendres and the emotion is uncluttered, leaving it raw with intensity and character.’
    • ‘A whole whack of puns, one-liners and double entendres get crammed into the 90-minute running time, and most of them fall flatter than a postage stamp.’
    • ‘It wasn't perhaps as hilarious as my all-time favourites, and it was curiously short on double entendres and what the TV guide likes to refer to as ‘adult concepts’.’
    • ‘The double entendres are all back, from the film's title right down to multiple cheeseball one-liners.’
    • ‘The film opens with a flurry of sight gags and double entendres, layered over incipient tension.’
    • ‘There were cheeky songs too on this double album, rude, raunchy songs whose double entendres escaped me back then.’
    • ‘Sure it was inane (innocent even) but double entendres from the 70s and 80s still managed to elicit a snigger from me - and to think it probably would still not be screened uncut in the USA!’
    • ‘Co-written by Wolf Mankowitz and director Guest, here is a script full of sly double entendres, biting zingers, chillingly ironic humor, and yes, even a scintilla of realistic intelligence.’
    • ‘It's quite a feat that they can deliver steady double entendres while maintaining an innocence that keeps the film viable as children's entertainment.’
    ambiguity, double meaning, suggested meaning, suggestiveness, innuendo, play on words, wordplay, pun
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    1. 1.1mass noun Humour that uses double entendres.
      ‘It is also an extremely funny illustration of the national obsession with word-play, in-jokes and notably filthy double entendre.’
      • ‘Where you used to have double entendre and the words had a perfectly ‘innocent’ surface meaning, children can happily sing that.’
      • ‘The taxi ride to his place is thick with innuendo and double entendre.’
      • ‘Her monologue during the show was a mix of morbid poetry, bad puns and ghoulish double entendre, setting the standard for her myriad successors.’
      • ‘And when Brosnan speaks, it's the sorts of double entendre that usually serve as the punchlines of jokes in a Moose Lodge.’
      • ‘The pleasure of words, not least in rhyme and double entendre, taken by hip-hop and rap culture perfectly mirrors Shakespeare's poetry.’
      • ‘‘It's full of double entendre,’ says a fellow actor.’
      • ‘The Tamasha show, catering to a male audience, is a mix of the traditional, seductive Lavni dance, folk songs, drama and a flirtatious question-answer session loaded with double entendre.’
      • ‘Of course the first speaker livened up the proceedings and gave us a very small reminder of what the Mighty Spoiler's wit was like, double entendre and all, but we cannot afford to be flippant one minute and serious the next.’
      • ‘So vulnerable did she appear that Clifford, feebly trying to lighten the occasion, asked her if the money had helped her to ‘get off her knees’ in a disparaging question loaded with double entendre.’
      • ‘But script and company are trying to function in two registers simultaneously, and the show vacillates too wildly from child-focused hamming to bawdy double entendre.’
      • ‘This is collections of some of the brightest, funniest, double entendre unintended things ever said in American broadcasting coming out again from Celestial Arts.’
      • ‘With this list song, Porter made double entendre an art all his own.’
      • ‘I mean, nothing, you couldn't do double entendre on that show.’
      • ‘Allusion and double entendre were ever present.’
      • ‘There are so many possibilities for double entendre there; the mind boggles.’
      • ‘Ah, but these are in the great British tradition of double entendre, people might say.’
      • ‘Nor do these multiple definitions create some sort of particularly funny double entendre.’
      • ‘Cocteau frequently disoriented his audience with all sorts of visual tricks, combined with incessant linguistic double entendre, machinery, experimental music, and dance.’
      • ‘They dress wrong, find themselves in impossibly absurd situations from which they must extricate themselves, and are renown for butchering language with inadvertent malapropisms and double entendre.’


double entendre

/ˌduːbl ɒnˈtɒndrə/ /ˌduːbl ɒ̃ˈtɒ̃drə/


Late 17th century from obsolete French (now double entente), ‘double understanding’.