hint1 [hınt] n
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Probably from hent 'act of seizing' (16-17 centuries), from Old English hentan 'to seize']
1.) something that you say or do to suggest something to someone, without telling them directly
There have been hints that he may take up coaching.
'Look, I can't tell you.' 'Oh, come on, give me a hint .'
hint about/as to
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 .
2.) a very small amount or sign of something
hint of
'What time do we have to leave?' he asked with a hint of impatience.
We shall have to turn back if there's the slightest hint of fog.
3.) a useful piece of advice about how to do something
= ↑tip
helpful/handy hints
hint on/about
helpful hints on looking after house plants
COLLOCATES for sense 1
hint that
give (somebody) a hint
drop a hint (=give a hint)
take/get a hint also take/get the hint (=understand someone's hint)
broad/strong/heavy hint (=one that is very easy to understand)
subtle/vague/gentle hint (=one that is not very easy to understand)
hint 2
hint2 v [I and T]
to suggest something in an indirect way, but so that someone can guess your meaning
hint at
What are you hinting at?
hint (that)
He hinted strongly that he might be prepared to send troops in.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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