innuendo definition

  • noun:
    • An indirect or subtle, frequently derogatory implication in phrase; an insinuation.
    • legislation A plaintiff's interpretation in a libel match of presumably libelous or slanderous product.
    • legislation A parenthetic description of a word or cost in a legal document.
    • A derogatory hint or mention of an individual or thing. An implication or insinuation.
    • An oblique hint; a remote allusion or reference, frequently derogatory to an individual or thing perhaps not known as; an insinuation.
    • An averment utilized in pleading, to aim the use of matter otherwise unintelligible; an interpretative parenthesis tossed into quoted matter to spell out an obscure word or words; -- because, the plaintiff avers your defendant stated which he (innuendo the plaintiff) had been a thief.
    • an indirect (and in most cases destructive) implication
  • others:
    • [L.] Intimating; insinuating; signifying: a word used at the beginning of an explanatory parenthetical term in Latin (center Latin), but still sporadically in English, pleadings, introducing the person or thing meant: because, he (innuendo the plaintiff) performed so-and-so.
    • n.; pl. innuendos or innuendoes (-dōz). An oblique sign; an indirect intimation about someone or thing; an allusive or inferential recommendation: commonly used in a poor good sense, but often in an innocent one. Also, mistakenly, inuendo.
    • Synonyms See hint, transitive verb (end of contrast).

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