hint

noun
\ˈhint \

Definition of hint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : opportunity, turn

2a : a statement that expresses indirectly what one prefers not to say explicitly had been dropping hints that he would like to be invited

b : an indirect or general suggestion for how to do or solve something helpful hints for inexperienced cooks can't tell you the answer but can give you a hint

3 : a slight indication of the existence, approach, or nature of something : clue gave only a hint of what was to come

4 : a very small amount : suggestion with just a hint of spice

hint

verb
hinted; hinting; hints

Definition of hint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey indirectly and by allusion rather than explicitly a suspicion that she scarcely dared to hint

intransitive verb

: to give an indirect suggestion or piece of evidence that leads one toward the solution of a problem : to give a hint usually used with at hint at the answer

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Other Words from hint

Verb

hinter noun

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Verb

suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought. a film title that suggests its subject matter imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed. measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement. hinted that she might get the job intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor. intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner. insinuated that there were shady dealings

Examples of hint in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

I keep hinting, but she's not catching on. I think I need to be more direct. The boss hinted about possible layoffs.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The biggest hint came at the presentation's conclusion with the unveil of a single-player mode, dubbed World of Light. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate confirms final features—and new fighters through 2020," 1 Nov. 2018 The wedding announcement hint could be refer to anyone — Sabrina and Harvey perhaps? Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2 Could Premiere on Valentine's Day According to a New Fan Theory," 30 Oct. 2018 Read on for all the hints shared by the show's producers and cast below. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4: Everything We Know," 26 Oct. 2018 When the airy lather rinses off, you're left with the mildest hint of something sweet and soothing. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Replaced My $215 Perfume With This $6 Body Wash," 19 Oct. 2018 The wind-up to the eclipse is long, starting at about 10:36 p.m. Eastern on January 20 when the first hints of the eclipse will start to hit the moon. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 And yesterday the designer provided the first hint via a bag that was spotted dangling on the arm of none other than Lady Gaga. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Takes Hedi Slimane’s New Celine Look to the Venice Film Festival," 30 Aug. 2018 While all the hints are definitely worth noting, one new detail in particular is bound to change the way viewers watch the show for good. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 3 Is Going to Be Totally Different, Showrunners Warn," 9 Aug. 2018 Sacramento-area breweries seem to have gotten the hint, and the first six months of 2018 have seen all kinds of pun-rich drinks flow from local taps. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is only a theory, mind you, but according to you, Maria has hinted that there is something deep going on. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Friend wants her bestie to give up the ghost," 7 July 2018 Guy Pearce has hinted at an unpleasant experience while working with Kevin Spacey. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Guy Pearce Describes Kevin Spacey as a 'Handsy Guy': 'Thankfully I Was 29, and Not 14'," 3 July 2018 Now, fresh on the heels of Glow Job's success, Too Faced cofounder and chief creative officer Jerrod Blandino has hinted that his brand will soon be expanding even further into the realm of skin care. Andrea Park, Allure, "Too Faced Will Reportedly Expand Its Skin-Care Collection Soon," 29 June 2018 Fans first learned of this secret OTH reunion when the cast hinted at a #Christmas2018 project on social media. refinery29.com, "The One Tree Hill Cast Is Making A Christmas Movie," 13 June 2018 News of the reported collaboration broke back in February, Billboard reported, when Troye hinted at the pair's impeding work together during an interview. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande Release Their New Song “Dance to This”," 13 June 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron has already hinted that something similar could happen in Quebec, leading to a statement that excludes the U.S. Theophilos Argitis, Bloomberg.com, "A Guide to the G-7 Communique, How It's Done and Why It Matters," 8 June 2018 Despite months of swirling rumors and the recent two-year anniversary of the GTX 10-series’ arrival, Nvidia has never hinted that a new generation of GeForce graphics cards even exists, much less announced a potential release window. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia will discuss its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips," 31 May 2018 With the move, the judge also strongly hinted that the quality of Manafort's accommodations were about to dramatically change. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Judge orders Manafort moved from 'VIP' jail to Alexandria lockup," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of hint

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for hint

Noun

probably alteration of obsolete hent act of seizing, from hent, verb

Verb

see hint entry 1

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The first known use of hint was in 1604

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hint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hint (Entry 2 of 2)

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

hint

noun
\ˈhint \

Kids Definition of hint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : information that helps a person guess an answer or do something more easily

2 : a small amount : trace There's a hint of spring in the air.

hint

verb
hinted; hinting

Kids Definition of hint (Entry 2 of 2)

: to suggest something without plainly asking or saying it I hinted that I need help.

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