Hint definition

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To make a hint or hints.
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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.

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To indicate or make evident in an indirect manner.
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To give a hint.

Wouldn't hint at the true purpose of the meeting.

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To express or state indirectly.

She hinted that she might prefer our company to theirs.

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A barely perceptible amount.

Just a hint of color.

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A statement conveying information in an indirect fashion; a clue.

Give me a hint about the big news.

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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.

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(archaic) An occasion; an opportunity.
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A brief or indirect suggestion; a tip.

Stock-trading hints.

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A slight indication of a fact, wish, etc.; indirect suggestion or piece of advice; intimation; covert allusion.

They dropped hints that we should leave.

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A very small amount or degree; perceptible trace.

A hint of nutmeg.

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(obs.) An occasion; opportunity.
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A clue.

I needed a hint to complete the crossword.

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A tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement.

He said it to hint that my breath smelt.

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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.

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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.

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(intransitive) To suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.

She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes.

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To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner.

To hint a suspicion.

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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.

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A slight indication or intimation.

Wanted to avoid any hint of scandal.

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To give a hint of; suggest indirectly; intimate.
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hint at
  • to suggest indirectly; intimate
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take a hint
  • to perceive and act on a hint
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hint
Plural:
hints

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hint

  • Probably from Middle English hinten, henten to catch, grasp from Old English hentan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From obsolete hent, from Old English hentan (“to seize”), from Proto-Germanic *hantijaną.

    From Wiktionary