- 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.
transitive verbinsinuated, insinuating
- to introduce or work into gradually, indirectly, and artfully: to insinuate oneself into another's favor
- to hint or suggest indirectly; imply
Origin of insinuate; from Classical Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare, to introduce by windings and turnings, insinuate ; from in-, in + sinus, curved surface
verbin·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates
- To express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way. See Synonyms at suggest.
- a. To maneuver or insert (oneself) into a place: “One of the boys insinuated himself next to me and squeezed my hand” (Caroline Preston).b. To cause (oneself) to be involved or accepted by subtle and artful means: insinuated himself into court intrigues; insinuated herself into my good graces.
Origin of insinuateLatin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in–2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).
(third-person singular simple present insinuates, present participle insinuating, simple past and past participle insinuated)
- (rare) To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
- (figuratively, by extension) To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.
- To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.
- She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.