in·​sin·​u·​at·​ing | \ in-ˈsin-yə-ˌwā-tiŋ How to pronounce insinuating (audio) , -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

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insinuatingly adverb

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Examples of insinuating in a Sentence

the fortune hunter's insinuating attentions were having their intended effect on the naive heiress
Recent Examples on the Web The only sparks in the evening came from countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (Dionysus/Dracula), who commanded attention at every appearance with his insinuating, chromatic vocal line and some spectacular costumes by Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2021 The Harptones had Willie Winfield, a tenor vocalist with immaculate pitch and an insinuating way with a phrase, and Raoul Cita, a gifted vocal arranger who made sure the group's voicings were always distinctive. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of insinuating

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Insinuating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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