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.
Hint v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hinting.] 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.
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.
n 1: an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever
touched her" [syn: intimation, breath]
2: a slight indication [syn: clue]
3: a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a
touch of garlic" [syn: touch, tinge, mite, pinch,
jot, speck, soupcon]
4: a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of
an accent" [syn: trace, suggestion]
5: an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the
stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: tip, lead,
steer, confidential information, wind]
v : drop a hint; intimate by a hint [syn: suggest]