Definition of innuendo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪnjuˈendəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnjuˈendoʊ//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. innuendoes, innuendos) (disapproving) Linguistic devices
jump to other results
an indirect remark about somebody/something, usually suggesting something bad or rude; the use of remarks like this innuendoes about her private life The song is full of sexual innuendo. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originmid 16th cent. (as an adverb in the sense ‘that is to say, to wit’, used in legal documents to introduce an explanation): Latin, ‘by nodding at, by pointing to’, ablative gerund of innuere, from in- ‘towards’ + nuere ‘to nod’. The noun dates from the late 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: innuendo