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nounplural noun innuendoes, plural noun innuendos

  • An allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.

    ‘she's always making sly innuendoes’
    • ‘a constant torrent of innuendo, gossip, lies, and half-truths’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And even though there was a lack of detail, simple innuendos suggested that one was female and the other male.’
    • ‘I smiled at the memory of all his sexual innuendos and how they always managed to leave me either completely flustered or speechless.’
    • ‘I was going to slaughter James for his constant sexual innuendos.’
    • ‘Dress conduct, sexual innuendos at the workplace and other such issues are raised in the book.’
    • ‘In your desire to blacken the reputation of Indonesia, you have resorted to the dissemination of falsehoods, misrepresentations and innuendos without any factual basis.’
    • ‘His letter is a collection of false assertions, distortions, innuendos, contradictions, and misreadings.’
    • ‘I laughed, thoroughly amused by his responses to my innuendos.’
    • ‘‘I am making a sterling plea to members of the public to avoid speculation and innuendos until the investigations are completed and the report is published,’ he implored.’
    • ‘There will always be sex jokes to tell and innuendos to be made.’
    • ‘The list of wrong stories, innuendos, and outright lies that have been printed and broadcast in the mainstream press is staggering.’
    • ‘You do not mean those snitchy innuendos about your friends being freeloaders.’
    • ‘Presumably without checking with their own intelligence experts or the White House, the three Democratic leaders went public with their incendiary innuendos.’
    • ‘I don't understand how people can be so cruel and unfeeling as to create havoc and distress in another person's life based on nothing but innuendos and rumors.’
    • ‘Anyway, if you're wondering what all the innuendos of the movie are trying to say or what the grand meaning you take from the flick is, here it is: Nothing.’
    • ‘So I called again and this time he tells me a whole set of things that had some nasty innuendos to them and there's a disgusting laugh in the background from yet another male.’
    • ‘It is possible to have a political conversation with someone who is the polar opposite of you without using ugly words and nasty innuendos.’
    • ‘There's not much promise in the situation, and the dialogue has a few innuendos that are, by the standards of the time, gross.’
    insinuation, implication, hint, suggestion, intimation, overtone, undertone, whisper, allusion, nuance, reference, imputation, aspersion, slur
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/ˌinyəˈwendō/ /ˌɪnjəˈwɛndoʊ/


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- ‘towards’ + nuere ‘to nod’. The noun dates from the late 17th century.