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.
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”).