Meaning of hint

hint

Pronunciation: (hint), [key]
— n.
  1. an indirect, covert, or helpful suggestion; clue: Give me a hint as to his identity.
  2. a very slight or hardly noticeable amount; soupçon: a hint of garlic in the salad dressing.
  3. perceived indication or suggestion; note; intimation: a hint of spring in the air.
  4. an occasion or opportunity.
—v.t.
  1. to give a hint of: gray skies hinting a possible snowfall.
—v.i.
  1. to make indirect suggestion or allusion; subtly imply (usually fol. by at): The article hinted at corruption in the mayor's office.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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