I was showing off for a woman and I told her that I am falling for an older woman. She replied back saying, "Are you implying me?"

I am confused about its meaning. What does it mean?

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  • please quote, italicize or make bold the fragment you want to know the meaning of. Also, provide context or source. – vickyace Jul 1 '14 at 16:26
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    Hi Fahad. Please edit your question to include where you heard this, what you think it means, and why you're not sure if you're right. That will give us the information we need to answer your question. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 1 '14 at 16:43
  • This is a straight-from-the-dictionary usage of imply in the sense of suggest. – tchrist Jul 1 '14 at 16:57
  • This is better, but you still haven't told us what you think it means and why you aren't sure if you are right. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 1 '14 at 17:15
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a non-idiomatic (ungrammatical, meaningless) utterance. Probably some less-than-competent (or non-native) speaker's malapropism for "Are you impugning me?" Or perhaps "Are you implying me?" (with emphasis) meaning "Are you implying [that the older woman you're falling for is] me?" – FumbleFingers Jul 1 '14 at 17:17

She wants to know if she is the "older woman" to whom you refer.

"I am falling for an older woman."

"Are you implying [that I am that older woman]?"


The issue here is that me appears to be the direct object of the verb imply, in much the same way as it is the direct object in the question “Are you hitting me?”

This isn't the case, and the direct object is actually the phrase “that the woman is me”, which has been severely ellipted to remove the reference to the older woman which was in your statement immediately preceding it. That is, that reference is understood: English is economical and something which appears to be ungrammatical is often the result of removing such a reference.

“I am falling for an older woman.”
“Are you implying [that that older woman is] me?”

In this case, the reply could just as easily have been “Do you mean me?” where me is in fact the direct object of mean.

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