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



    BrE BrE//ɪnˌsɪnjuˈeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˌsɪnjuˈeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] something that somebody insinuates She resented the insinuation that she was too old for the job. Why did you make those veiled insinuations about me? insinuations against the unsuccessful candidate
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of insinuating something His reputation was ruined by insinuation and rumour.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin insinuatio(n-), from insinuare, from in- ‘in’ + sinuare ‘to curve’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: insinuation