Hint (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hinting.] [OE. henten, hinten, to seize, to catch, AS. hentan to pursue, take, seize; or Icel. ymta to mutter, ymtr a muttering, Dan. ymte to whisper. &root;36. Cf. Hent.]

To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner; as, to hint a suspicion.

Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike. Pope.

Syn. -- To suggest; intimate; insinuate; imply.


© Webster 1913.

Hint, v. i.

To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something.

We whisper, and hint, and chuckle. Tennyson.

To hint at, to allude to lightly, indirectly, or cautiously.

Syn. -- To allude; refer; glance; touch.


© Webster 1913.

Hint, n.

A remote allusion; slight mention; intimation; insinuation; a suggestion or reminder, without a full declaration or explanation; also, an occasion or motive.

Our hint of woe Is common. Shak.

The hint malevolent, the look oblique. Hannah Me.

Syn. -- Suggestion; allusion. See Suggestion.


© Webster 1913.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.