Innuendo meaning

ĭnyo͝o-ĕndō
An indirect remark, gesture, or reference, usually implying something derogatory; insinuation.
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An indirect or suggestive remark, usually a disparagement of someone.
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A section in a libel pleading explaining the plaintiff’s construction of the defendant’s allegedly libelous utterances.
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A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication or insinuation.

She made a devious innuendo about her husband, who was embarrassed.

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An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.
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(law) A plaintiff's allegation explicating the defamatory meaning of the publication or utterance in a libel suit.
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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.

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(law) Explanatory material, set forth in the complaint in an action for libel or slander, explaining the expressions alleged to be libelous or slanderous.
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Origin of innuendo

  • From Latin innuendō by hinting ablative of innuendum gerund of innuere to nod to in- to, toward in–2 -nuere to nod

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Latin innuendō (“by nodding”), ablative singular form of innuendum (“a nodding”), gerund of innuō (“I give a nod”).

    From Wiktionary