insinuating


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.

in·sin·u·at·ing

 (ĭn-sĭn′yo͞o-ā′tĭng)
adj.
1. Provoking gradual doubt or suspicion; suggestive: insinuating remarks.
2. Artfully contrived to gain favor or confidence; ingratiating.

in·sin′u·at′ing·ly adv.

insinuating

(ɪnˈsɪnjʊeɪtɪŋ)
adj
suggesting by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etcintroducing subtly or deviouslycausing someone, esp oneself, to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres

in•sin•u•at•ing

(ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ)

adj.
1. tending to instill doubts, distrust, etc.; suggestive: an insinuating letter.
2. gaining favor or winning confidence by artful means: an insinuating manner.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insinuating - calculated to please or gain favor; "a smooth ingratiating manner"
flattering - showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color"

insinuating

adjective
1. Provoking a change of outlook and especially gradual doubt and suspicion:
2. Purposefully contrived to gain favor:
Translations

insinuating

[ɪnˈsɪnjʊeɪtɪŋ] ADJ [remark] → malintencionado, con segunda intención

insinuating

[ɪnˈsɪnjueɪtɪŋ] adj [remark] → lourd(e) de sous-entendu; [tone] → lourd(e) de sous-entendu

insinuating

adj remarkanzüglich; article alsovoller Anzüglichkeiten; tone of voicespitz, bedeutungsvoll
References in classic literature ?
So you needn't write touching notes and smile in that insinuating way, for it won't do a bit of good, and I won't have it.
As minute after minute passed by, leaving them in undisturbed security, the insinuating feeling of hope was gradually gaining possession of every bosom, though each one felt reluctant to give utterance to expectations that the next moment might so fearfully destroy.
Ichabod, therefore, made his advances in a quiet and gently insinuating manner.
cried a voice, whose owner at the same time coming close behind us, laid a hand upon both our shoulders, and then insinuating himself between us, stood stooping forward a little, in the uncertain twilight, strangely peering from Queequeg to me.
THE moment I got a chance I slipped aside privately and touched an ancient common looking man on the shoulder and said, in an insinuating, confidential way:
You look fatigued," he remarked, in his most insinuating manner.
We turned back, on my humbly insinuating that it might be useful to me hereafter; and he told the clerk that the carrier had instructions to call for it at noon.
About them frisking playd All Beasts of th' Earth, since wilde, and of all chase In Wood or Wilderness, Forrest or Den; Sporting the Lion rampd, and in his paw Dandl'd the Kid; Bears, Tygers, Ounces, Pards Gambold before them, th' unwieldy Elephant To make them mirth us'd all his might, & wreathd His Lithe Proboscis; close the Serpent sly Insinuating, wove with Gordian twine His breaded train, and of his fatal guile Gave proof unheeded; others on the grass Coucht, and now fild with pasture gazing sat, Or Bedward ruminating: for the Sun Declin'd was hasting now with prone carreer To th' Ocean Iles, and in th' ascending Scale Of Heav'n the Starrs that usher Evening rose: When SATAN still in gaze, as first he stood, Scarce thus at length faild speech recoverd sad.
The first is, to gain over my adversary's lawyer with a double fee, who will then betray his client by insinuating that he hath justice on his side.
He had spent some time with them and quite won their hearts by his insinuating ways, when the King discovered where he was and sent to fetch him back.
Still further, in spite of sword thrusts which weaken, and painful exercises which fatigue, he had become one of the most gallant frequenters of revels, one of the most insinuating lady's men, one of the softest whisperers of interesting nothings of his day; the BONNES FORTUNES of De Treville were talked of as those of M.
We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honour; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating.