- The definition of a hint is a suggestion or small amount of something, or revealing just a bit of information.
- An example of a hint is someone smiling slightly suggesting that they are very happy.
- An example of a hint is a hot chocolate with just a slight flavor of chili.
- An example of a hint is a clue on a scavenger hunt.
- To hint is defined as to suggest something.
An example of to hint is to give clues to what someone will get for their birthday.
This woman's smile gives a hint to some emotion.
- a slight indication of a fact, wish, etc.; indirect suggestion or piece of advice; intimation; covert allusion: a hint that we should leave
- a very small amount or degree; trace: a hint of spice
- Obsolete an occasion; opportunity
Origin of hintprobably variant, variety of hent
take a hint
- A slight indication or intimation: wanted to avoid any hint of scandal.
- a. A brief or indirect suggestion; a tip: stock-trading hints.b. A statement conveying information in an indirect fashion; a clue: Give me a hint about the big news.
- A barely perceptible amount: just a hint of color.
- Archaic An occasion; an opportunity.
verbhint·ed, hint·ing, hints
- To express or state indirectly: She hinted that she might prefer our company to theirs. See Synonyms at suggest.
- To indicate or make evident in an indirect manner: “The diversity of observations hinted that they had no common origin” (Carl Sagan).
Origin of hintProbably from Middle English hinten, henten, to catch, grasp, from Old English hentan.
- A clue.
- I needed a hint to complete the crossword.
- A tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement.
- he said it to hint that my breath smelt
- A small, barely detectable amount of.
- There was a hint of irony in his voice.
- I could taste a hint of lemon in the wine.
- Information in a computer-based font that suggests how the outlines of the font's glyphs should be distorted in order to produce, at specific sizes, a visually appealing pixel-based rendering. Also known as hinting.
- This font does not scale well; at small point sizes it has no hinting at all, and the hints that it has for the 10- and 12-point letter 'g' still need work.
(third-person singular simple present hints, present participle hinting, simple past and past participle hinted)
- (intransitive) To suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.
- She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes.
- To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner.
- to hint a suspicion
- To develop and add hints to a font.
- The typographer worked all day on hinting her new font so it would look good on computer screens.