hint

noun
\ ˈhint How to pronounce hint (audio) \

Definition of hint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : a slight indication of the existence, approach, or nature of something : clue gave only a hint of what was to come
3 : a very small amount : suggestion with just a hint of spice
4 archaic : opportunity, turn

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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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 Different woods can burn a certain way and leave a smokiness or hint of flavor in the meat. Chris Hachey, BGR, 1 June 2021 There was more than a hint of surprise in ESPN’s broadcast Monday morning when Alabama baseball was revealed as the No. 3 seed in the Ruston regional, marking the school’s first NCAA tournament berth since 2014. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 31 May 2021 This one is dry and refreshing, with red berry flavors running all the way to cranberry joined by peach skin, a hint of guava and tangy grapefruit. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 31 May 2021 As of early evening, Washington’s temperatures had hovered for long hours in the lower 50s, and gray skies offered only an attenuated hint of the mere existence of the sun. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 Today, a hint of bohemia remains in Sag Harbor, where the local fixtures include the musician Jimmy Buffett, the writer Jon Robin Baitz and the artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. New York Times, 29 May 2021 This is a great option for those who want great mineral protection with a little hint of coverage. Akili King, Vogue, 27 May 2021 Bonus: Check out their creamy Chardonnay that tastes like green apples and butter wrapped in a slight hint of oak. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2021 Biles competed while wearing a leotard decorated with a rhinestone goat, an apparent hint to her claim as the GOAT, or greatest of all time. Wayne Sterling, CNN, 23 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lamborghini has produced some concept cars and limited production models over the years that hint at possible directions the Italian brand could take. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 18 May 2021 So far, there have been two teaser trailers that hint at what's to come in the next season. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2021 Sharp cheekbones contrast with dark eyes that hint at mischief—although they're currently overtaken by consternation. Ew Staff, EW.com, 6 May 2021 Chernick’s is just one of an increasing number of stories that hint at how a seemingly unstoppable fitness juggernaut has found itself suddenly out of favor with some of its most loyal fans. Abby Ellin, Town & Country, 27 Apr. 2021 All of the gingham, paisley, and floral print will be waiting for you—along with solid one-pieces and bikinis with details that hint at the brand's signature dainty vibe. Erin Parker, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2021 Compared with the standard Q8 and slightly sportier SQ8, the RS employs more aggressive—but still elegant—design elements that hint at the power beneath. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2021 The first look photo released Friday may actually hint at how Bart and/or Nora, who was erased from the timeline in the season 5 finale, arrive in the present. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 21 May 2021 In style, Baumann’s desert landscapes hint at geometric forms in nature, but without veering into the Art Deco stylizations of contemporary Southwest painters such as Maynard Dixon. Steven Litt, cleveland, 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hint

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for hint

Noun and Verb

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

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4 Jun 2021

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“Hint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hint. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce hint (audio) \

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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