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Webster 1913 Edition


Hint

Hint

(hĭnt)
,
Verb.
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. √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
.
Syn. – To suggest; intimate; insinuate; imply.

Hint

,
Verb.
I.
To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something.
We whisper, and
hint
, and chuckle.
Tennyson.
Syn. – To allude; refer; glance; touch.

Hint

,
Noun.
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.
Shakespeare
Syn. – Suggestion; allusion. See
Suggestion
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Hint

HINT

,
Verb.
T.
To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to allude to; to suggest by a slight intimation.
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.

HINT

,
Verb.
I.
To hint at, is to allude to; to mention slightly.

HINT

,
Noun.
A distant allusion; slight mention; intimation; insinuation; a word or two intended to give notice, or remind one of something without a full declaration or explanation.
1.
Suggestion.

Definition 2021


hint

hint

English

Noun

hint (plural hints)

  1. A clue.
    I needed a hint to complete the crossword.
  2. A tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement.
    He gave me a hint that my breath smelt.
  3. A small, barely detectable amount of.
    There was a hint of irony in his voice.
    I could taste a hint of lemon in the wine.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, [] .
  4. (computing) Information in a computer-based font that suggests how the outlines of the font's glyphs should be distorted in order to produce, at specific sizes, a visually appealing pixel-based rendering. Also known as hinting.
    This font does not scale well; at small point sizes it has no hinting at all, and the hints that it has for the 10- and 12-point letter 'g' still need work.
  5. (obsolete) An opportunity; occasion; fit time.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2
      I, not remembering how I cried out then, / Will cry it o'er again: it is a hint / That wrings mine eyes to't.

Synonyms

  • (small amount): see also Wikisaurus:modicum.

Translations

Verb

hint (third-person singular simple present hints, present participle hinting, simple past and past participle hinted)

  1. (intransitive) To suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.
    She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
      “I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. .”
  2. (transitive) To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner.
    to hint a suspicion
    • Alexander Pope
      Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike.
  3. (transitive) To develop and add hints to a font.
    The typographer worked all day on hinting her new font so it would look good on computer screens.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From English hint.

Noun

hint f, m (plural hints, diminutive hintje n)

  1. hint

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Verb

hint

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of hinten
  2. imperative of hinten

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈhint]
  • Hyphenation: hint

Verb

hint

  1. to scatter, sprinkle
    A cukrász porcukrot hint a süteményre. - The confectioner sprinkles powedered sugar on the cookie.

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