insinuating

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Insinuate \In*sin"u*ate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Insinuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insinuating}.] [L. insinuatus, p. p. of insinuareto insinuate; pref. in- in + sinus the bosom. See {Sinuous}.]

1. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.

The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables. --Woodward.

2. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.

All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment. --Locke.

Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts. --Dryden.

3. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?

4. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively.

He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham. --Clarendon.

Syn: To instill; hint; suggest; intimate.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Insinuating \In*sin"u*a'ting\, adjective Winding, creeping, or flowing in, quietly or stealthily; suggesting; winning favor and confidence insensibly. --Milton.

His address was courteous, and even insinuating. --Prescott.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

insinuating

adjective

1: calculated to please or gain favor; "a smooth ingratiating manner" [syn: {ingratiating}, {insinuating}, {ingratiatory}]


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