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

The application for Freestyle Love Supreme Academy hints at its mischievous attitude. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "‘Hamilton’ Creator’s Improv Group to Teach Its Tricks," 27 Feb. 2019 Judge Robin Thicke, however, thought the hint pointed to a different celebrity. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Masked Singer' Clue From a 2017 Interview Just Proved Donny Osmond is the Peacock," 27 Feb. 2019 Slick it Back and to the Side For Daniel Lee’s highly anticipated debut at Bottega Veneta, hairstylist Paul Hanlon combed models’ lengths back and to the side, leaving the slightest wave and hint of dampness. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Beauty Takeaways of Milan Fashion Week," 25 Feb. 2019 For the prints and patterns, Smith was inspired by French ticking stripes, Japanese katazome stencils, and hints of Moroccan textiles. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside Collaborates with Blogger Victoria Smith on a Sumptuous Boho Collection," 31 Jan. 2019 One of the few hints came in March, when The Information's Amir Efrati published a story looking at the real-world performance of Cruise vehicles. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Also around this time came the first hints of a brewing drama that would only escalate as Microsoft revealed that Sony was blocking cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One players, something that had been a sticking point with many fans. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 The first hint that Elena hasn’t fully escaped her neighborhood comes when the Sarratores arrive at her guesthouse to stay for the summer. Constance Grady, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend offers Elena an escape — then yanks it away," 9 Dec. 2018 Even the runaway hit rom-com of 2018, Crazy Rich Asians, has a hint of ensemble-overload to it. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Only Thing Worse Than Valentine's Day Is Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shimmering eyes came out to play this week on Instagram, hinting that many are already eager to adorn themselves in bright, springy hues. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Adwoa Aboah, Beyoncé, and More," 24 Feb. 2019 She's also hinted that new music—maybe or maybe not including mermaids—is on the way. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Fans Are Convinced That Her New Music Will Be About Mermaids," 3 Jan. 2019 Her sudden death in a helicopter accident was not shown on camera and had never been hinted at prior to the episode, which left fans even more thrown. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Will Estes Opens Up About Amy Carlson's 'Shocking' Exit," 6 Oct. 2018 The collab has been hinted at on Monsta X's Twitter in early September, but the new campaign was officially revealed on Tonymoly's Instagram on Sunday night. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tonymoly Teams Up With K-Pop Group Monsta X on New Lip Tints," 1 Oct. 2018 This latest trailer confirms what was hinted at in the teaser trailer, released in June: Piper, Taystee, Suzanne, Gloria, Red, Nicky, and the rest of the cast are now in a maximum-security prison. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "The Full "Orange Is the New Black" Season 6 Trailer Is Here," 9 July 2018 Rudd reprises his role as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, while Lilly plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp (her transformation into a superhero was hinted at in the first film). Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Soaring to $80M-Plus U.S. Debut," 7 July 2018 The ideas are hinted at, revealed in a brief tease, but never allowed to fully develop. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "HSO Wraps Up Masterworks Season With Impressive Collaboratin," 9 June 2018 It had been hinted at by Mourinho last month that United could be set to make a Brazilian signing, with the Premier League giants having also set their sights on Chelsea's Willian and Juventus' Alex Sandro. SI.com, "Man Utd Close to Making Brazilian Star Their First Signing With Deal Set for Completion Next Month," 23 May 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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