hint

A hint is a slight indication or clue. Your mother might hint at the fact that she doesn’t like your shoes, while your grandmother will just come right out and say that they’re ugly.

If you’re a journalist following a lead, you’ll prefer that your source give you all the facts, rather than just a hint. A hint can be an indirect suggestion and it is also a very small amount — maybe you take just a hint of sugar in your coffee. As a verb, hint is an intimation or subtle suggestion. It’s also something you drop, like when you hint that you want a particular video game for your birthday.

Definitions of hint
  1. noun
    an indirect suggestion
    synonyms: breath, intimation
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    type of:
    proffer, proposition, suggestion
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
  2. noun
    an indication of potential opportunity
    synonyms: confidential information, lead, steer, tip, wind
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    type of:
    counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance
    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  3. verb
    drop a hint; intimate by a hint
    synonyms: suggest
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    types:
    adumbrate, insinuate, intimate
    give to understand
    clue in
    provide someone with a clue
    advert, allude, touch
    make a more or less disguised reference to
    type of:
    convey
    make known; pass on, of information
  4. noun
    a slight indication
    synonyms: clue
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    type of:
    indicant, indication
    something that serves to indicate or suggest
  5. noun
    a slight but appreciable amount
    synonyms: jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch
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    types:
    snuff
    a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  6. noun
    a just detectable amount
    synonyms: suggestion, trace
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    types:
    spark
    a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger
    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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