What does hint mean?

Definitions for hinthɪnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hint.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hint, intimation, breath(noun)

    an indirect suggestion

    "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"

  2. hint, clue(noun)

    a slight indication

  3. touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon(noun)

    a slight but appreciable amount

    "this dish could use a touch of garlic"

  4. trace, hint, suggestion(noun)

    a just detectable amount

    "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"

  5. tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint(verb)

    an indication of potential opportunity

    "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

  6. hint, suggest(verb)

    drop a hint; intimate by a hint


  1. hint(Noun)

    a clue

    I needed a hint to complete the crossword.

  2. hint(Noun)

    a tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement

    he said it to hint' that my breath smelt

  3. hint(Noun)

    a small, barely detectable amount of

  4. hint(Noun)

    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.

  5. hint(Verb)

    to suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue

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

  6. hint(Verb)

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hint(verb)

    to bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner; as, to hint a suspicion

  2. Hint(verb)

    to make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something

  3. Hint(noun)

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


  1. Hint

    Hint is musician Jonathan James, hailing from Sussex in the UK. His music has been released on independent record labels and his catalogue includes work which has found favour amongst DJs and fans from various underground music scenes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hint

    hint, n. a distant or indirect allusion: slight mention: insinuation.—v.t. to bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion: to allude to.—v.i. to make an indirect or remote allusion: to allude.—adv. Hint′ingly.—Hint at, to allude to obscurely. [A.S. hentan, to seize.]


  1. hint

    Apparently in stealth mode. Site mentions a “private Beta.” Got a lot of blogosphere attention preemptively alerting Gawker users their accounts had been compromised, see http://opensource.com/life/10/12/what-hintio-and-why-are-they-emailing-you&sc_cid=70160000000T2fZAAS

Suggested Resources

  1. HINT

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hint' in Nouns Frequency: #1870


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hint in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Christopher Robin Miller:

    That's a hint of a whisper of a curl.

  2. Wenche Hvattum:

    This is good. I'd say a hint of blackcurrant.

  3. Amanda Madden:

    I'll give you a hint: it's called a crush for a reason

  4. Paul Ryan:

    Nobody should say such things, to even address or hint (about) violence is unacceptable.

  5. Tamir Fishman:

    I believe the court in effect gave the government a strong hint how it can put an end to this saga.

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