• IPA: /ˌɪnjuˈɛndəʊ/


  1. A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication, intimation or insinuation.
    She made a devious innuendo about her husband, who was embarrassed.
  2. (logic) A rhetorical device with an omitted, but obvious conclusion, made to increase the force of an argument.
  3. (legal) Part of a pleading in cases of libel and slander, pointing out what and whom was meant by the libellous matter or description.
Translations Verb

innuendo (innuendos, present participle innuendoing; past and past participle innuendoed)

  1. (transitive, legal) To interpret (something libellous or slanderous) in terms of what was implied.
    • 1894, Frank Towers Cooper, A Handbook of the Law of Defamation and Verbal Injury (page 119)
      A statement that a person's presence at a certain club may be "irksome," may be innuendoed that the person is of such bad character as not to be a fit associate with honourable men.

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