Adjective "Hint" definition and examples

(Hint may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɪnt/

Definitions and examples

noun

A slight or indirect indication or suggestion.
  1. 'Sugar cannot decide if it is meant to be darkly surreal, a cheesy psychological horror movie, or a piece of modern art; there are no obvious hints.'
  2. 'They give us hints to information that could be useful and they inspire us to find it.'
  3. 'Any hint that nuclear energy might fill the void is treated as serious blasphemy.'
  4. 'There was a hint from Burns that there can be too much information.'
  5. 'Suddenly the hints and puzzle pieces began to form a point and it hit me harder than falling ten stories off an apartment building.'
  6. 'And, by the way, the name of these cookies is somewhat puzzling, as they don't contain even the slightest hint of a nut.'
  7. 'My main gripe is that hardly any of the short-list have been able to infuse their performances with even the slightest hint of emotion.'
  8. 'His hair was pitch black, his eyes were a dark brown with a slight hint of green.'
  9. 'It is strange sketch of the man; he seems rather inscrutable, save for a hint of suspicion.'
  10. 'But we view our own political elites, fighting against them, with more than a hint of suspicion.'
  11. 'The kids have scoured the school grounds and even the slightest hint of litter has been cleared away to leave the place gleaming.'
  12. 'Team-work touched with a hint of madness is what seems to appeal, which is why Rodrigues has settled in so well.'
  13. 'It comes with rain-sensitive wipers, cruise control and lights which turn themselves on at the slightest hint of darkness.'
  14. 'Algrim turned to him, red eyes blazing with rage and the slightest hint of wounded pain.'
  15. 'I have examined post-Honey photographs of Hipgrave and have yet to see the slightest hint of unsightly stretch marks.'
A small piece of practical information or advice.
  1. 'The course organiser provides practical hints to help break the routine, fight the cravings and stay positive through the whole process.'
  2. 'The trouble is that until this week the public have only received hints of the information underlying their leader's certainty.'
  3. 'Gil came to trade tips, hints and how-tos with other Regal owners.'
  4. 'It's packed full with useful, real-life advice, hints and tips, clearly laid out and carefully explained.'
  5. 'Players who have no stones left must not give advice or hints as to the play, but they are allowed to point out mistakes in play.'
  6. 'Stuhlmueller provides us with many practical hints on how to read the psalms.'
  7. 'If you're looking for a web designer, then here's some hints and advice.'
  8. 'You'll also find full nutrition information, helpful preparation and usage hints and a section with entertaining learning games for kids.'
  9. 'Mine is a generation without old wives' tales or handy money-saving hints.'
  10. 'The site includes rules, game records, strategy hints and ordering information.'

verb

Suggest or indicate something indirectly or covertly.
  1. with clause 'he hinted that the sale might be delayed'
  2. 'It expects to add a consumables store soon, with Price hinting at a possible acquisition in that space.'
  3. 'He never clearly stated his wish for the posts, only hinting he would not avoid responsibility, no matter how heavy.'
  4. 'What they have done, however, is to please the die-hard followers, while hinting at possible future directions.'
  5. 'Carson offers sketches of songs, hints at melodies and suggests musical themes, but nothing is forced onto the listener.'
  6. 'The State Council this month also hinted at a possible increase in water charges.'
  7. 'Sampras hinted at possible retirement at a New York news conference immediately afterwards.'
  8. 'I told him how my mom was hinting for me to offer them a place to live.'
  9. 'Linnane, however, expressed disappointment over his dismissal and hinted at possible legal action.'
  10. 'Some officials are hinting at possible intervention in the currency markets.'
  11. 'She is not certain she wants to float the company, but hints at a possible buyout or merger in the future.'
  12. 'The header of the site has a blue and red design that hints at a furling flag.'
  13. 'The novel is full of vignettes that hint at possibilities left determinedly unexplored.'
  14. 'The car's flowing lines and sleek profile hint at Volkswagen's design influence.'
  15. 'They court according to an intricate and stylised code of formality and propriety that hints at a wealth of buried emotion.'
  16. 'This copy does more than hint at possible enjoyment, which is all that would be needed for a low-involvement decision.'

More definitions

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. Obsolete. an occasion or opportunity. verb (used with object)

5. to give a hint of: gray skies hinting a possible snowfall. verb (used without object)

6. to make indirect suggestion or allusion; subtly

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be hint for signs."

"people can be hint at plans."

"people can be hint."

"talks can be hint."

"places can be hint."

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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘occasion, opportunity’): apparently from obsolete hent ‘grasp, get hold of’, from Old English hentan, of Germanic origin; related to hunt. The basic notion is ‘something that may be taken advantage of’.

Phrase

take a (or the) hint