insinuate


in·sin·u·ate

verb \in-ˈsin-yə-ˌwāt, -yü-ˌāt\

: to say (something, especially something bad or insulting) in an indirect way

: to gradually make (yourself) a part of a group, a person's life, etc., often by behaving in a dishonest way

in·sin·u·at·edin·sin·u·at·ing

Full Definition of INSINUATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to introduce (as an idea) gradually or in a subtle, indirect, or covert way <insinuate doubts into a trusting mind>
b :  to impart or suggest in an artful or indirect way :  imply <I resent what you're insinuating>
2
:  to introduce (as oneself) by stealthy, smooth, or artful means
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly :  creep
2
archaic :  to ingratiate oneself
in·sin·u·a·tive \-ˌwā-tiv, -ˌā-tiv\ adjective
in·sin·u·a·tor \-ˌwā-tər, -ˌā-tər\ noun

Examples of INSINUATE

  1. <years were needed for the agent to insinuate himself into the terrorist organization>
  2. <are you insinuating that I won by cheating?>

Origin of INSINUATE

Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare, from in- + sinuare to bend, curve, from sinus curve
First Known Use: 1529

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