Hint - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hɪnt|  American pronunciation of the word hint
Brit.  |hɪnt|  British pronunciation of the word hint


- an indirect suggestion (syn: breath, intimation)
- a slight indication (syn: clue)
- a slight but appreciable amount (syn: jot, mite, pinch, speck, tinge, touch)
- a just detectable amount (syn: suggestion, tint, trace)
a hint mockery in her manner
- an indication of potential opportunity (syn: lead, steer, tip, wind)


- drop a hint; intimate by a hint (syn: suggest)

Extra examples

Her face gave me a hint of what she was thinking.

“I have a lot of work to do.” “OK, I'll leave. I can take a hint.”

The sauce has a subtle hint of garlic.

He had a hint of a German accent.

They'll betray you at the first hint of trouble.

I keep hinting, but she's not catching on. I think I need to be more direct.

The boss hinted about possible layoffs.

She dropped a hint that she would retire soon.

They fled at the first hint of trouble.

The government minister hinted at an early election, but refused to give an exact date.

There have been hints that he may take up coaching.

'Look, I can't tell you.' 'Oh, come on, give me a hint .'

Miles had been dropping heavy hints about the cost of petrol.

I made it clear I wasn't interested in him, but he didn't take the hint.

'When?' he asked with a hint of impatience.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: hint
he/she/it: hints
present participle: hinting
past tense: hinted
past participle: hinted
singular: hint
plural: hints
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