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

Tesla hints at this with its software update, which consists of changes to the battery charge and thermal management protocols for the Model S and X (the Model 3's newer battery doesn't require the changes, apparently). Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Tesla Fires Spur Software Update, but Here's Why You Needn't Panic," 16 May 2019 Further reading into the history of the Golden Company, however, hints that their loyalties can turn—for the right reasons, that is. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will the Golden Company Betray Cersei Lannister and Determine Westeros' Ruler?," 30 Apr. 2019 And the comments on Tarte's Instagram announcement definitely hint at high demand. Marci Robin, Allure, "Tarte Collaborated With YouTuber Adelaine Morin on a Vibrant New Eye and Cheek Palette," 7 Apr. 2019 Fans also tracked down another hint that TS7 may have been in the works for a while. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "These Taylor Swift TS7 Fan Theories Will Blow Your Mind," 29 Apr. 2019 And luckily, there are many ways to render your ink invisible — none of which require laser treatments, nor a rather high pain tolerance (hint: with makeup). Allure, "The Best Makeup to Cover Up Tattoos, According to Professional Makeup Artists," 23 Mar. 2019 As Ars Technica notes, the support pages from Avast and McAfee hint that the problem stems from changes made to the way Windows handles its Client Server Runtime Subsystem (CSRSS). Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed," 19 Apr. 2019 If this isn't enough proof, there’s also another hint courtesy of Markle's longtime friend and wedding makeup artist, Daniel Martin. Nicole Briese, Glamour, "The Internet Has a Really Good Theory About Meghan Markle's Exact Due Date," 17 Apr. 2019 Non-committal types who require a more temporary hint of color—the kind that lasts until it’s washed off—should pick up NARS' featherweight gel formula that leaves skin radiant in a matter of seconds. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 of the Best Self-Tanners, Just in Time for Skirt Season," 15 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The reason Lacey and others have been hinting that the National Theatre could be Meghan's avenue back into acting is simple: The Queen recently named Meghan the official royal patron of the theater. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Will Make Her First Visit as Patron of the National Theatre This Week," 26 Jan. 2019 Demi did unfollow Nick on Instagram after her overdose, which hints that their friendship might be a bit rocky. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato is Reportedly Very "Upset" That She Wasn't Invited to Nick Jonas' Wedding," 26 Dec. 2018 The subject of whether Nafta will continue as a three-member pact followed comments last week by President Donald Trump, who hinted that the U.S. could be close to reaching a deal with Mexico and that two-way talks with Canada could come later. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico and Canada Are Committed to a Trilateral Nafta Deal," 25 July 2018 But its founders have hinted that company-wide solutions could help find solutions to problems across the entire U.S. health system. Justin Chen, STAT, "How can Atul Gawande help reinvent health care with his new company? These people have some ideas," 21 June 2018 Following this drama, Jeffree posted some cryptic tweets seemingly hinting at the concealer leak. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Someone Leaked Jeffree Star’s New Concealers and Now the FBI is Getting Involved," 2 Apr. 2019 The royal family typically stays out of politics, but Queen Elizabeth appears to be hinting at her thoughts on the state of civil discourse in the U.K. and perhaps sending a message to MPs currently battling over Brexit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Makes a Plea for Respect Amid the Ongoing Brexit Debate," 24 Jan. 2019 The credits scene ends with that agreement, possibly hinting that Manta will be the villain of an upcoming Aquaman sequel, if a sequel comes to pass. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman’s post-credits scene, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Before either of these experiences, my acquaintanceship with eggplant was limited to tiny cans of Progresso caponata, whose ebullient, colorful exterior hinted at the flavor within. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 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 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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