Definition of double entendre in English:

double entendre


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

    • ‘The double entendres are all back, from the film's title right down to multiple cheeseball one-liners.’
    • ‘So - but as far as the material went, no, we couldn't do double entendres, and he did change words once in a while.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the early 1970s, his relentless double entendres were beginning to sound dated and self-parodic.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film opens with a flurry of sight gags and double entendres, layered over incipient tension.’
    • ‘There were cheeky songs too on this double album, rude, raunchy songs whose double entendres escaped me back then.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope this answers your query, without double entendres or innuendo.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, all of the other characters engage in leery double entendres and surprisingly tame sex scenes.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the title piece, readers are thrown from one double entendre to the next.’
    • ‘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 lyrics are brimming with double entendres and the emotion is uncluttered, leaving it raw with intensity and character.’
    • ‘The country's funniest entertainers have been warned to keep their double entendres to themselves when they appear at the British Comedy Awards 2003.’
    ambiguity, double meaning, suggested meaning, suggestiveness, innuendo, play on words, wordplay, pun
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    1. 1.1Humor using double entendres.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is also an extremely funny illustration of the national obsession with word-play, in-jokes and notably filthy double entendre.’
      • ‘Cocteau frequently disoriented his audience with all sorts of visual tricks, combined with incessant linguistic double entendre, machinery, experimental music, and dance.’
      • ‘Allusion and double entendre were ever present.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It's full of double entendre,’ says a fellow actor.’
      • ‘I mean, nothing, you couldn't do double entendre on that show.’
      • ‘Ah, but these are in the great British tradition of double entendre, people might say.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With this list song, Porter made double entendre an art all his own.’
      • ‘And when Brosnan speaks, it's the sorts of double entendre that usually serve as the punchlines of jokes in a Moose Lodge.’
      • ‘Her monologue during the show was a mix of morbid poetry, bad puns and ghoulish double entendre, setting the standard for her myriad successors.’
      • ‘The pleasure of words, not least in rhyme and double entendre, taken by hip-hop and rap culture perfectly mirrors Shakespeare's poetry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The taxi ride to his place is thick with innuendo and double entendre.’
      • ‘Where you used to have double entendre and the words had a perfectly ‘innocent’ surface meaning, children can happily sing that.’
      • ‘Nor do these multiple definitions create some sort of particularly funny double entendre.’
      • ‘There are so many possibilities for double entendre there; the mind boggles.’
      • ‘This is collections of some of the brightest, funniest, double entendre unintended things ever said in American broadcasting coming out again from Celestial Arts.’


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


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