double entendre

A double entendre is a word or remark that has a hidden (or not so hidden) naughty meaning. We'd give you an example, but this is a family site.

Double entendre is from a now obsolete French term, double entente, meaning literally "double understanding." The British —- masters of the art of the double entendre —- imported the phrase from their Gallic cousins. While some regard it as a low form of verbal humor, Shakespeare himself was a great lover of the form, and his plays are filled with some highly filthy examples.

Definitions of double entendre

n an ambiguity with one interpretation that is indelicate

Type of:
an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

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