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Meaning of hint by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From obsolete hent, from Old English hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *khantijanan .


    • IPA: /hɪnt/, X-SAMPA: /hInt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪnt


    hint ( plural: hints )

    1. a clue
      I needed a hint to complete the crossword .
    2. a tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement
      he said it to hint' that my breath smelt
    3. 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 .
    4. 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 .


    • ( small amount ): see also Wikisaurus:modicum .



Explanation of hint by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. drop a hint

    1. an indication of potential opportunity

    2. a slight indication

    3. an indirect suggestion

    4. a just detectable amount

    5. a slight but appreciable amount

    Definition of hint by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hint ( hĭnt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hinting.] [OE. henten, hinten, to seize, to catch, AS. hentan to pursue, take, seize; or Icel. ymta to mutter, ymtr a muttering, Dan. ymte to whisper. √36. Cf. Hent.] To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner; as, “to hint a suspicion”.

      Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike. Pope.

      Syn. -- To suggest; intimate; insinuate; imply.

    2. Hint, v. i. To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something.

      We whisper, and hint, and chuckle. Tennyson.

      To hint at, to allude to lightly, indirectly, or cautiously.

      Syn. -- To allude; refer; glance; touch.

    3. Hint, n. A remote allusion; slight mention; intimation; insinuation; a suggestion or reminder, without a full declaration or explanation; also, an occasion or motive.

      Our hint of woe

      Is common. Shak.

      The hint malevolent, the look oblique. Hannah More.

      Syn. -- Suggestion; allusion. See Suggestion.