hint


1hint

noun \ˈhint\

: a small piece of information that helps you guess an answer or do something more easily

: information about something given in an indirect way; especially : a statement that suggests something that you do not want to say in a direct way

: a very small amount of something

Full Definition of HINT

1
archaic :  opportunity, turn
2
a :  a statement conveying by implication what it is preferred not to say explicitly
b :  an indirect or summary suggestion <helpful hints>
3
:  a slight indication of the existence, approach, or nature of something :  clue
4
:  a very small amount :  suggestion <with just a hint of spice>

Examples of HINT

  1. Her face gave me a hint of what she was thinking.
  2. I have a lot of work to do. OK, I'll leave. I can take a hint.
  3. The sauce has a subtle hint of garlic.
  4. He had a hint of a German accent.
  5. They'll betray you at the first hint of trouble.

Origin of HINT

probably alteration of obsolete hent act of seizing, from hent, verb
First Known Use: 1604

2hint

verb

: to say (something) or give information about (something) in an indirect way

Full Definition of HINT

transitive verb
:  to convey indirectly and by allusion rather than explicitly <a suspicion that she scarcely dared to hint>
intransitive verb
:  to give a hint —usually used with at <hint at the answer>
hint·er noun

Examples of HINT

  1. I keep hinting, but she's not catching on. I think I need to be more direct.
  2. The boss hinted about possible layoffs.

First Known Use of HINT

1648

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