- The definition of an innuendo is a subtle, insulting comment or gesture.
An example of innuendo is telling people that a public official seems to be giving a lot of construction jobs to a contractor from whom he gets a lot of political contributions.
innuendo definition by Webster's New World
- Law explanatory material set forth in the complaint in an action for libel or slander which explains the expressions alleged to be libelous or slanderous
- an indirect remark, gesture, or reference, usually implying something derogatory; insinuation
Origin: Classical Latin by nodding to, ablative of gerund, gerundive of innuere, to nod to, hint ; from in-, in plush -nuere, to nod ; from Indo-European base an unverified form neu-, to jerk, beckon, nod from source Sanskrit návatē, (he) turns, Classical Latin numen, a nod
innuendo definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. in·nu·en·does
- An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.
- Law a. A plaintiff's interpretation in a libel suit of allegedly libelous or slanderous material.b. A parenthetic explanation of a word or charge in a legal document.
Origin: From Latin innuendō, by hinting, ablative of innuendum, gerund of innuere, to nod to : in-, to, toward; see in-2 + -nuere, to nod.
innuendo - Legal Definition
- An indirect or suggestive remark, usually a disparagement of someone.
- A section in a libel pleading explaining the plaintiff’s construction of the defendant’s allegedly libelous utterances.