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insinuate
used in David Copperfield

12 uses
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Definition to imply (subtly suggest) something unpleasant
  • 'No, Peggotty,' returned my mother, 'but you insinuated.
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • How dare you to insinuate that you don't know my character better than your words imply?'
    Chapters 4-6 (14% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 4-6 (67% in)
  • ...say, over and over again, that on this account she wished to spare me a great deal of trouble, which she thinks I am not suited for, and which I really don't know myself that I AM suited for; and isn't she up early and late, and going to and fro continually — and doesn't she do all sorts of things, and grope into all sorts of places, coal-holes and pantries and I don't know where, that can't be very agreeable — and do you mean to insinuate that there is not a sort of devotion in that?'
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • 'I don't insinuate at all,' said Peggotty.
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • You are always insinuating.
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • You WILL insinuate.
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • I asked for no more information about Mr. Wickfield, as she offered none, and we conversed on other subjects until we came to Canterbury, where, as it was market-day, my aunt had a great opportunity of insinuating the grey pony among carts, baskets, vegetables, and huckster's goods.
    Chapters 13-15 (84% in)
  • 'Do you care for taters?' said the waiter, with an insinuating smile, and his head on one side.
    Chapters 19-21 (29% in)
  • Her own views of every question, and her correction of everything that was said to which she was opposed, Miss Dartle insinuated in the same way: sometimes, I could not conceal from myself, with great power, though in contradiction even of Steerforth.
    Chapters 19-21 (45% in)
  • Miss Mills replied in the affirmative so readily, that I further asked her if she would take charge of the Cookery Book; and, if she ever could insinuate it upon Dora's acceptance, without frightening her, undertake to do me that crowning service.
    Chapters 37-39 (16% in)
  • 'Really, Master Copperfield,' he said, '— I should say Mister, but I know you'll excuse the abit I've got into — you're so insinuating, that you draw me like a corkscrew!
    Chapters 40-42 (59% in)

There are no more uses of "insinuate" in David Copperfield.

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