What does innuendo mean?

Definitions for innuendo
ˌɪn yuˈɛn doʊin·nu·en·do

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insinuation, innuendonoun

    an indirect (and usually malicious) implication


  1. innuendonoun

    A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication or insinuation.

    She made a devious innuendo about her husband, who was embarrassed.

  2. Etymology: From the innuendo, ablative singular form of innuendum, gerund of innuo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Innuendonoun

    An oblique hint.

    Etymology: innuendo, from innuo, Latin.

    As if the commandments, that require obedience and forbid murder, were to be indicted for a libellous innuendo upon all the great men that come to be concerned. Roger L'Estrange.

    Mercury, though employed on a quite contrary errand, owns it a marriage by an innuendo. Dryden.

    Pursue your trade of scandal-picking,
    Your hints that Stella is no chicken;
    Your innuendo's, when you tell us,
    That Stella loves to talk with fellows. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Innuendo

    Innuendo is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor but credited to Queen, it is the opening track on the album of the same name, and was released as the first single from the album. The single went straight to number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 1991 and additionally reached the top 10 in nine other countries. At six and a half minutes, it is one of Queen's epic songs and their longest ever released as a single, exceeding "Bohemian Rhapsody" by 35 seconds. The song has been described as "reminiscent" of "Bohemian Rhapsody" because it was "harking back to their progressive rock roots". It features a flamenco guitar section performed by Yes guitarist Steve Howe and Brian May, an operatic interlude and sections of hard rock that recall early Queen, in addition to lyrics inspired in part by Mercury's illness; although media stories about his health were being denied strenuously, he was by now seriously ill with AIDS, which would claim his life in November 1991, 10 months after the song was released.


  1. innuendo

    Innuendo refers to a subtle or indirect remark, insinuation, or suggestion that has a hidden or implied meaning, often with negative or suggestive connotations. It is commonly used in conversations, literature, or media to convey a certain message or provoke a specific response, while maintaining plausible deniability or avoiding explicit statements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innuendonoun

    an oblique hint; a remote allusion or reference, usually derogatory to a person or thing not named; an insinuation

  2. Innuendonoun

    an averment employed in pleading, to point the application of matter otherwise unintelligible; an interpretative parenthesis thrown into quoted matter to explain an obscure word or words; -- as, the plaintiff avers that the defendant said that he (innuendo the plaintiff) was a thief


  1. Innuendo

    An innuendo is an insinuation or intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature. It can also be a remark or question, typically disparaging, that works obliquely by allusion. In the latter sense, the intention is often to insult or accuse someone in such a way that one's words, taken literally, are innocent. According to the Advanced Oxford Learner's Dictionary, an innuendo is "an indirect remark about somebody or something, usually suggesting something bad, mean or rude; the use of remarks like this: innuendoes about her private life or The song is full of sexual innuendo." The word is often used to express disapproval. The term sexual innuendo has acquired a specific meaning, namely that of a "risque" double entendre by playing on a possibly sexual interpretation of an otherwise innocent uttering. For example: "We need to go deeper" can be seen as both a request for further inquiry on any given issue or a request to go deeper into an orifice. Alternatively the simple changing of the pronunciation of a word can be used to make it sound vulgar e.g. innuendo to "in-your-endo". In the context of defamation law, an innuendo meaning is one which is not directly contained in the words complained of, but which would be understood by those reading it based on special knowledge.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Innuendo

    in-ū-en′dō, n. a side-hint: an indirect reference or intimation: a part of a pleading in cases of libel and slander, pointing out what and who was meant by the libellous matter or description, [L., the ablative gerund of innuĕrein, in, nuĕre, to nod.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of innuendo in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of innuendo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of innuendo in a Sentence

  1. Groucho Marx, "Duck Soup" 1934:

    Love goes out the door when money comes innuendo.

  2. Jonah Goldberg:

    It traffics in all manner of innuendo and conspiracy theories that I think legitimately could lead to violence, that for me, and for Steve, was the last straw.

  3. El Dorado:

    The innuendo is, well, he's close to Donald Trump, there must've been political influence.

  4. J. William Fulbright:

    When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled. It has no apparatus to deal with the boor, the liar, the lout, and the antidemocrat in general.

  5. Bill Clinton:

    Time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth which really comes down to, you know, anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. And I just absolutely reject that, senator, and I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough.

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