insinuating

adjective in·sin·u·at·ing \ in-ˈsin-yə-ˌwā-tiŋ , -yü-ˌā- \

Definition of insinuating

1 : winning favor and confidence by imperceptible degrees : ingratiating
2 : tending gradually to cause doubt, distrust, or change of outlook often in a slyly subtle manner
  • insinuating remarks

insinuatingly

adverb

Examples of insinuating in a Sentence

  1. the fortune hunter's insinuating attentions were having their intended effect on the naive heiress

First Known Use of insinuating

1591

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up insinuating? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to seize or ascribe

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!