hint [hint] /hɪnt/ Show IPA
an indirect, covert, or helpful suggestion; clue:
Give me a hint as to his identity.
a very slight or hardly noticeable amount; soupçon:
a hint of garlic in the salad dressing.
perceived indication or suggestion; note; intimation:
a hint of spring in the air.
Obsolete. an occasion or opportunity.
verb (used with object)
to give a hint of:
gray skies hinting a possible snowfall.
verb (used without object)
to make indirect suggestion or allusion; subtly imply (usually followed by at
The article hinted at corruption in the mayor's office.
1595–1605; (noun) orig., opportunity, occasion, apparently variant of obsolete hent grasp, act of seizing, derivative of the v.: to grasp, take, Middle English henten, Old English hentan; (v.) derivative of the noun
1. allusion, insinuation, innuendo; memorandum, reminder; inkling. 5. imply. Hint, intimate, insinuate, suggest denote the conveying of an idea to the mind indirectly or without full or explicit statement. To hint is to convey an idea covertly or indirectly, but intelligibly: to hint that one would like a certain present; to hint that bits of gossip might be true. To intimate is to give a barely perceptible hint, often with the purpose of influencing action: to intimate that something may be possible. To insinuate is to hint artfully, often at what one would not dare to say directly: to insinuate something against someone's reputation. Suggest denotes particularly recalling something to the mind or starting a new train of thought by means of association of ideas: The name doesn't suggest anything to me.
5. express, declare.