an indirect or covert suggestion or hint, especially of a derogatory nature
: She made nasty insinuations about her rivals.
covert or artful suggestion or hinting, as of something implied: His methods of insinuation are most ingenious.
subtle or artful instillment into the mind.
or power of stealing into the affections and pleasing; ingratiation: He made his way by flattery and insinuation.
Archaic. a slow winding, worming, or stealing in.
Obsolete. an ingratiating act or speech.
Origin: 1520–30; Related forms
< Latin insinuātion-
(stem of insinuātiō
). See insinuate