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OTHER WORDS FROM hinthinter, nounun·hint·ed, adjective
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What does hint mean?
A hint is an indirect, disguised, or helpful suggestion. In other words, it’s a clue, as in Can you just give me a hint about what my birthday present is?
A hint that suggests something can be planned or unplanned, and it can even be hidden using language that only some parties may understand. A hint is usually something you see, hear, or read.
Hint can also mean a slightly noticeable amount of, such as with a taste or a smell, as in I taste a hint of fennel in this sausage.
To hint means to give a hint, as in Our teacher hinted that we might not have to take a final exam, but they wouldn’t say for sure.
To hint also means to imply something rather than stating it directly, as in The ending hinted at a sequel coming but never said it outright.
Example: I’ll never figure out the puzzle if you don’t give me a hint.
Where does hint come from?
The first records of the term hint come from around the 1500s. It is believed to come from the Old English henten, meaning “to grasp” or “to take.” This Old English term is the root for the obsolete term hent, meaning “the act of seizing.” A hint is an opportunity for one to take or seize meaning from.
In order for a hint to be a hint, the person receiving the hint must be able to understand the hinter’s meaning without any additional information. For example, leading someone to discover a conclusion by giving them more information is not a hint, whereas telling them something that strongly implies that conclusion is a hint.
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How is hint used in real life?
Hints are commonly given when someone wants to interest other people in what they’re hinting at.
love u so much i'm so excited i wanna show u something but brb (it's kind of a hint to thursday's announcement!!!!)
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 12, 2014
I want you to ~decipher~ my emoji paragraphs but lemme give you a little hint: they all end in bashful monkey.
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) April 24, 2017
Haven't had a photoshoot in a while…..hint hint
— Matthew Espinosa (@MatthewEspinosa) April 1, 2014
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How to use hint in a sentence
While convalescent plasma appears safe, and there are hints that it may help people in early stages of the disease, not enough data have been amassed to say that the treatment is effective, some experts warn.COVID-19 plasma treatments may be safe, but we don’t know if they work|Tina Hesman Saey|August 25, 2020|Science News
A hint at what spurs such slayings lies in the hyenas’ ranks.
Cook and other executives have dropped hints that Apple wants make a big splash in the field of augmented reality, which uses phone screens or high-tech eyewear to paint digital images into the real world.Apple CEO Tim Cook is fulfilling another Steve Jobs vision|Rachel Schallom|August 24, 2020|Fortune
To an optimist, any hint of success means that there must be a pony in here somewhere.GPT-3, Bloviator: OpenAI’s language generator has no idea what it’s talking about|Amy Nordrum|August 22, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Raptors coach Nick Nurse teased reporters the day before the game with hints of a mystery defense, and what he unveiled was pretty unusual indeed.The Raptors’ Defense Is Almost Never The Same, But It’s Always Really Good|Jared Dubin|August 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
We later learned that she had left him and was hoping he would catch the hint.
There was no sign of a struggle, and no hint of marital dispute or financial problems.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All|Nina Strochlic|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wahlberg chimes in with the hint of a smirk: “The hard days of digging ditches!”
Animals in agony or danger are used by Martin Wittfooth, often to hint at the future of the human condition.
The woman is not looking into the camera, but there is a hint of a smile.Diane von Furstenberg: Becoming the Woman She Wanted to Be|Diane von Furstenberg|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it might be a good idea for you to give your men a gentle hint to keep their mouths closed about this affair—all of it.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
She noiselessly takes the hint, and enters the corridor; Phœbe advances to answer his challenge.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
"You will have to get over that feeling," observed Mr. Carr, disregarding the hint, and taking out his probing-knife.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
The hint was not neglected, for this kind of hunting is much more sure than that of the woods.
On hearing this, the Earl of Gloucester at once sent Bruce a broad hint in the form of twelve pence and a pair of spurs.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for hint
Derived forms of hinthinter, nounhinting, nounhintingly, adverb
Word Origin for hint
Other Idioms and Phrases with hint
see take a hint.