- The definition of insinuate is cleverly and stealthily moving yourself into a specific role or position.
An example of insinuate is when you move yourself into your bosses inner circle, subtly getting closer and closer to your boss.
- To insinuate is defined as to suggest or imply something but not come right out and say it.
An example of insinuate is when you suggest that you hate your spouse's new coat without coming right out and saying you do.
insinuate definition by Webster's New World
- to introduce or work into gradually, indirectly, and artfully: to insinuate oneself into another's favor
- to hint or suggest indirectly; imply
Origin: ; from Classical Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare, to introduce by windings and turnings, insinuate ; from in-, in plush sinus, curved surface
insinuate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates verb, transitive
- To introduce or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) gradually and insidiously. See Synonyms at suggest.
- To introduce or insert (oneself) by subtle and artful means.
Origin: Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).
- in·sinˈu·aˌtive adjective
- in·sinˈu·aˌtor noun
- in·sinˈu·a·torˌy adjective