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.

Primary Meanings of hint

1.
nv
an indirect suggestion
drop a hint; intimate by a hint
2.
n
a slight indication
Full Definitions of hint
1

n an indirect suggestion

Synonyms:
breath, intimation
Type of:
proffer, proposition, suggestion
a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

n an indication of potential opportunity

Synonyms:
confidential information, lead, steer, tip, wind
Type of:
counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

v drop a hint; intimate by a hint

Synonyms:
suggest
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
2

n a slight indication

Synonyms:
clue
Type of:
indicant, indication
something that serves to indicate or suggest

n a slight but appreciable amount

Synonyms:
jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch
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

n a just detectable amount

Synonyms:
suggestion, trace
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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