verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hint
Examples from the Web for hint
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
The hint or two which Mr. Slope had given was by no means thrown away upon the bishop.Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
Subconsciously, if not directly though, Bab began to divine a hint of antagonism in the man.Rich Man, Poor Man|Maximilian Foster
This is a hint that Chaucer was already getting tired of his task.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
School attendance dropped in towns and cities; on the hacienda every hint of learning stopped.The Haciendas of Mexico|Paul Alexander Bartlett
There was a look of annoyance and a hint of confusion in her eyes.Good References|E. J. Rath
Word Origin for hint
c.1600, apparently from obsolete hent, from Middle English hinten "to tell, inform" (c.1400), from Old English hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *hantijanan (cf. Gothic hinþan "to seize"), related to hunt (v.). Modern sense and spelling first attested in Shakespeare.
1640s, from hint (n.). Related: Hinted; hinting.
see take a hint.