hint

noun
\ ˈhint How to pronounce hint (audio) \

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

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Father’s Day and Pet of the Week," 15 June 2019 Here’s a hint: Streamlining your routine with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence can have some serious skin and time-saving benefits. Allure, "What You Need to Know About The “Skip Care” Skin-Care Trend," 14 June 2019 That more than hints at another campaign issue Gaspar is facing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Election themes surface in firefight over Tri-City Medical Center," 14 June 2019 Iran, for its part, denied responsibility and hints that the latest explosions were orchestrated by its rivals. The Economist, "Who is blowing up ships in the Gulf?," 13 June 2019 Now and then, the story’s wild twists and pileups of incident hint sweetly at its teen-age creator. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019 With such limited topographic data, researchers have a blurry view of Venus’s geology—but the available maps do hint that plate tectonics might be kicking into action today. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 Yes, in-game menus hint at this being a possibility, but plenty of cops will show up either in specific campaign missions or emergent run-from-the-cops moments in the other open-world content. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Watch Dogs Legion gameplay premiere: Taking the “N” out of “NPC”," 10 June 2019 The first six clues comprise another hint, my friend. oregonlive.com, "2019 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt clues explained," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As well as tweaking the software’s new dark mode theme and fixing various bugs, the update included a new settings menu item that hints at native facial recognition coming to Android. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google fixes Android Q beta bootloop issue, resumes updates," 12 June 2019 With just one more episode to go, there are still a handful of prophecies up in the air, including a few that could hint at Mad Queen Dany's fate. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Prophecies You Need to Remember Going into the Finale," 19 May 2019 Despite all of Nadia’s foreboding and dark humor—the occasional cosmic absurdity of the story that hints at a deeper scheme—Russian Doll hedges. The New York Review of Books, "Daniel Drake," 25 Apr. 2019 The letters had reportedly contained information that hinted they could potentially be part of the investigation. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Isabella Giannulli Deleted Her Instagram Account Amid College Admissions Investigation," 18 Apr. 2019 Fans have been wondering for much of season 3 if Beth and Randall are headed toward divorce, mainly because of a flash-forward scene that hinted the pair may not be on the best terms in the future. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Us’s Emotional Promo for Next Week Has Everyone Worked Up Over Randall and Beth," 20 Mar. 2019 Thick as thieves only hints at the relationship; like her Lee, his Jack lives beneath thick layers of contradiction and complexity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "Oscars 2019: Cast Your Ballot," 21 Feb. 2019 Even though reports hinted that Younger would be moving over to the Paramount Network for the upcoming season, TVLine says that Viacom eventually decided to keep it on TV Land for the time being. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "All These Details About 'Younger' Season 6 Details Are One Giant Head-Exploding Emoji," 15 May 2019 The dollar reversed earlier losses against the Japanese yen on Friday, after President Trump said that trade talks with China will continue and hinted that tariffs could be ended. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Reverses Losses," 10 May 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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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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