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He might degrade Marcolina by mockery and lascivious phrases, full of innuendo.

Then without waiting for a reply to this innuendo he turned his attention to Hardy.

I was forced to accept the innuendo beneath his enigmatic utterances.

In an audience thus susceptible to innuendo Lyly saw his opportunity.

The innuendo, if designed to make Mowbray smile, was far from succeeding.

The innuendo that he might be unfaithful had gone through her heart like a knife.

Mrs. Brimmer received the innuendo with invulnerable simplicity.

He met her eyes with a smile of mockery; Its innuendo was unbearable.

Anglique shielded adroitly the stiletto of innuendo she had drawn.

Where evidence was lacking, rumor and innuendo were employed.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, "oblique hint, indiscreet suggestion," usually a deprecatory one, from Latin innuendo "by meaning, pointing to," literally "giving a nod to," ablative of gerund of innuere "to mean, signify," literally "to nod to," from in- "at" + nuere "to nod" (see numinous). Originally a legal phrase (1560s) from Medieval Latin, with the sense of "to wit." It often introduced the derogatory meaning alleged in libel cases, which influenced its broader meaning. As a verb, from 1706.

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