Innuendo



[in-yoo-en-doh] /ˌɪn yuˈɛn doʊ/

noun, plural innuendos, innuendoes.
1.
an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.
2.
Law.

/ˌɪnjʊˈɛndəʊ/
noun (pl) -dos, -does
1.
an indirect or subtle reference, esp one made maliciously or indicating criticism or disapproval; insinuation
2.
(law) (in pleading) a word introducing an explanatory phrase, usually in parenthesis
3.
(law, in an action for defamation)

n.

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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