Pronunciation: (hint), [key]
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. Obs.an occasion or opportunity.
to give a hint of: gray skies hinting a possible snowfall.
to make indirect suggestion or allusion; subtly imply (usually fol. by at): The article hinted at corruption in the mayor's office.
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