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sexual innuendo
  an indirect (and usually malicious or sexually suggestive) implication
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  • sexual innuendo
  • She’s been convicted in the press based on rumor or innuendo.
  • There was no mistaking his innuendo, and Saxon felt her cheeks flaming.
    Jack London  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • With his characteristic quickwittedness he caught the drift of each innuendo, divined whence it came, at whom and on what ground it was aimed, and that afforded him, as it always did, a certain satisfaction.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • But when I ran it back through my head, I saw the rather obvious sexual innuendo.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Drew can’t use his arsenal of sexual innuendos on me now, while he’s being chaperoned.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • A week or ten days of hard productive work and the jolly fornication which Jack Brown’s innuendos had caused me to anticipate—such activities might have been sufficient reward for the anxiety I had suffered and, God help me, would suffer again soon to a degree I had not thought possible.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The possibility for crude sexual innuendo is there, but I duck it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I was pretty sure it was an innuendo, and I grappled for a way to change the subject.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • You can make all the innuendoes about Luke you want.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes

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  • I don’t need any sexual innuendos?’
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • But Charlie was beyond noticing innuendos.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He walked through life selfconsciously with downcast eyes and burning cheeks, the object of contempt, envy, suspicion, resentment and malicious innuendo everywhere he went.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • There were three married couples and Jordan’s escort, a persistent undergraduate given to violent innuendo, and obviously under the impression that sooner or later Jordan was going to yield him up her person to a greater or lesser degree.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I ignored this innuendo and waited for Captain Nemo’s explanation.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • One who builds his entire life on innuendo and mystery.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I saw that under the mask of these half humorous innuendoes, this old seaman, as an insulated Quakerish Nantucketer, was full of his insular prejudices, and rather distrustful of all aliens, unless they hailed from Cape Cod or the Vineyard.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "For you particularly," he insisted, his flabby lips twitching with innuendo.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • I don’t like innuendo in these deafening English whispers.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Because I knew my feelings for him were vulnerable to being felled by my mother’s suspicions, passing remarks, and innuendos.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Joseph had instilled into him a pride of name, and of his lineage; he would, had he dared, have fostered hate between him and the present owner of the Heights: but his dread of that owner amounted to superstition; and he confined his feelings regarding him to muttered innuendoes and private comminations.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • In 1941, and since that is a momentous year (the beginning of World War II for the United States), the "fall" of 1941, just before the declaration of war, has a "closet" innuendo.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • I swear, for someone so smart, Lilly sure does go for the whole rumor and innuendo thing in a major way.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • All his damn innuendo and lyingand a lot of stuff that dont make sense even.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • When I formerly hinted to you something of this in a letter, you were pleased to answer that you were afraid of giving offence; that people in power were very watchful over the press, and apt not only to interpret, but to punish every thing which looked like an innuendo (as I think you call it).
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • There were volumes of innuendo in the way the "eventually" was spaced, and each syllable given its due stress.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • With his characteristic quickwittedness he caught the drift of each innuendo, divined whence it came, at whom and on what ground it was aimed, and that afforded him, as it always did, a certain satisfaction.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was the first time they had moved much beyond sexual innuendo.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Lily was acutely aware of her own part in this drama of innuendo: she knew the exact quality of the amusement the situation evoked.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Nevertheless, in the society into which his grandfather took him, whispers, innuendoes, and winks, had eventually enlightened the little boy’s mind; he had finally understood something of the case, and as he naturally took in the ideas and opinions which were, so to speak, the air he breathed, by a sort of infiltration and slow penetration, he gradually came to think of his father only with shame and with a pain at his heart.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Two plus hours of hip-hop, Brittany giggling, and Joel’s immature, totally not sexy innuendos.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • "I suppose Mary Garth admires Mr. Lydgate," said Rosamond, not without a touch of innuendo.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Sue silently took her companion’s hand, and with eyes on each other they heard these passing remarks—the quaint and mysterious personality of Father Time being a subject which formed a large ingredient in the hints and innuendoes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Every decent person is sick and tired of your taking advantage of being a woman and springing every mean innuendo you can think of.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The Irish maidservant has not altered in the least in her kind and respectful behaviour; but Mrs. Sedley fancies that she is growing insolent and ungrateful, and, as the guilty thief who fears each bush an officer, sees threatening innuendoes and hints of capture in all the girl’s speeches and answers.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • With this cutting innuendo, Tom jumped down from his bough, and threw a stone with a "hoigh!" as a friendly attention to Yap, who had also been looking on while the eatables vanished, with an agitation of his ears and feelings which could hardly have been without bitterness.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Such bullying and browbeating and innuendo as Mason had indulged in before the jury would never pass as fair or adequate in any higher court.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He had written two novels: one of them violently anti-Catholic, just before his conversion, and five years later another, in which he had attempted to turn all his clever jibes against Catholics into even cleverer innuendoes against Episcopalians.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Now, remember, Mr. McLean, this portrait is crudely sketched in the crayons of innuendo.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The emails contain vulgar sexual innuendos.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • It made an innuendo at a dainty pink chewing-gum wrapper blowing by.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Rumors, gossip, and innuendo were as common as actual truth.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • In them you never hear the holy Credo— Just songs, chatter, gossip, malice, and innuendo.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • The damage would go far beyond the innuendos Marilyn Monroe spread around Hollywood before her untimely death.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Or for lame innuendos
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • There were a lot of innuendos, overt suggestions, and laughter before the transmission ended with a promise to get together when he got into town.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • There was nothing definite to link Shaw to either murder-other than innuendo and speculation, which served as better than proof for most people in the trade.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • When she returned now, summer by summer, she met with her innocent and unwitting smile all of his obscene innuendoes, his heavily suggestive threats, his bitter revelations behind her back.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • ALTHOUGH SOME of Herr Settembrini’s innuendoes had annoyed Hans Castorp, there was no reason he should have been amazed by them—nor did he have any right to accuse the humanist of pedagogic spying.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Mabel had been induced to use her female means of defence thus freely, partly because her suitor had of late been so pointed as to stand in need of a pretty strong repulse, and partly on account of his innuendoes against Jasper and the Pathfinder.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
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