Definition of double entendre in English:

double entendre


  • 1A word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.

    ‘he was unable to get through two consecutive sentences without a smutty double entendre’
    • ‘In the title piece, readers are thrown from one double entendre to the next.’
    • ‘It wasn't perhaps as hilarious as my all-time favourites, and it was curiously short on double entendres and what the TV guide likes to refer to as ‘adult concepts’.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, all of the other characters engage in leery double entendres and surprisingly tame sex scenes.’
    • ‘Lupin is in many ways reminiscent of the Pink Panther series of films, with its 60s / 70s cosmopolitan sheen and reliable caper-based formula, laced with risqué double entendres.’
    • ‘It's quite a feat that they can deliver steady double entendres while maintaining an innocence that keeps the film viable as children's entertainment.’
    • ‘But, all the amusing double entendres suddenly aren't so amusing when you're looking at your kids and thinking about the words to describe these toys coming out of their mouths.’
    • ‘The double entendres are all back, from the film's title right down to multiple cheeseball one-liners.’
    • ‘Co-written by Wolf Mankowitz and director Guest, here is a script full of sly double entendres, biting zingers, chillingly ironic humor, and yes, even a scintilla of realistic intelligence.’
    • ‘The country's funniest entertainers have been warned to keep their double entendres to themselves when they appear at the British Comedy Awards 2003.’
    • ‘There were cheeky songs too on this double album, rude, raunchy songs whose double entendres escaped me back then.’
    • ‘I hope this answers your query, without double entendres or innuendo.’
    • ‘For the most part, BMX XXX reuses the same formula found in countless extreme sports games, only the goals are chocked full of smutty double entendres.’
    • ‘The naïve values I was raised on - and passed down to my kids, seem less and less relevant in a world of connivance, double dealings, double crossings and double entendres.’
    • ‘So - but as far as the material went, no, we couldn't do double entendres, and he did change words once in a while.’
    • ‘A whole whack of puns, one-liners and double entendres get crammed into the 90-minute running time, and most of them fall flatter than a postage stamp.’
    • ‘The producers were instructed by the BBC to cut out double entendres as these were said to be giving offence to some listeners of the Light Programme.’
    • ‘Sure it was inane (innocent even) but double entendres from the 70s and 80s still managed to elicit a snigger from me - and to think it probably would still not be screened uncut in the USA!’
    • ‘The film opens with a flurry of sight gags and double entendres, layered over incipient tension.’
    • ‘The lyrics are brimming with double entendres and the emotion is uncluttered, leaving it raw with intensity and character.’
    • ‘By the early 1970s, his relentless double entendres were beginning to sound dated and self-parodic.’
    ambiguity, double meaning, suggested meaning, suggestiveness, innuendo, play on words, wordplay, pun
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    1. 1.1mass noun Humour that uses double entendres.
      • ‘They dress wrong, find themselves in impossibly absurd situations from which they must extricate themselves, and are renown for butchering language with inadvertent malapropisms and double entendre.’
      • ‘So vulnerable did she appear that Clifford, feebly trying to lighten the occasion, asked her if the money had helped her to ‘get off her knees’ in a disparaging question loaded with double entendre.’
      • ‘And when Brosnan speaks, it's the sorts of double entendre that usually serve as the punchlines of jokes in a Moose Lodge.’
      • ‘I mean, nothing, you couldn't do double entendre on that show.’
      • ‘‘It's full of double entendre,’ says a fellow actor.’
      • ‘This is collections of some of the brightest, funniest, double entendre unintended things ever said in American broadcasting coming out again from Celestial Arts.’
      • ‘It is also an extremely funny illustration of the national obsession with word-play, in-jokes and notably filthy double entendre.’
      • ‘The pleasure of words, not least in rhyme and double entendre, taken by hip-hop and rap culture perfectly mirrors Shakespeare's poetry.’
      • ‘The taxi ride to his place is thick with innuendo and double entendre.’
      • ‘Nor do these multiple definitions create some sort of particularly funny double entendre.’
      • ‘Where you used to have double entendre and the words had a perfectly ‘innocent’ surface meaning, children can happily sing that.’
      • ‘Of course the first speaker livened up the proceedings and gave us a very small reminder of what the Mighty Spoiler's wit was like, double entendre and all, but we cannot afford to be flippant one minute and serious the next.’
      • ‘Her monologue during the show was a mix of morbid poetry, bad puns and ghoulish double entendre, setting the standard for her myriad successors.’
      • ‘There are so many possibilities for double entendre there; the mind boggles.’
      • ‘Allusion and double entendre were ever present.’
      • ‘The Tamasha show, catering to a male audience, is a mix of the traditional, seductive Lavni dance, folk songs, drama and a flirtatious question-answer session loaded with double entendre.’
      • ‘Ah, but these are in the great British tradition of double entendre, people might say.’
      • ‘With this list song, Porter made double entendre an art all his own.’
      • ‘But script and company are trying to function in two registers simultaneously, and the show vacillates too wildly from child-focused hamming to bawdy double entendre.’
      • ‘Cocteau frequently disoriented his audience with all sorts of visual tricks, combined with incessant linguistic double entendre, machinery, experimental music, and dance.’


Late 17th century: from obsolete French (now double entente), ‘double understanding’.


double entendre

/ˌduːb(ə)l ɒ̃ˈtɒ̃dr(ə)/