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Dictionary Definition

hint

Noun

1 an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever touched her" [syn: intimation, breath]
2 a slight indication [syn: clue]
3 a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic" [syn: touch, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon]
4 a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent" [syn: trace, suggestion]
5 an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind] v : drop a hint; intimate by a hint [syn: suggest]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From obsolete hent, from Old English hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *khantijanan.

Pronunciation

  • /hɪnt/, /hInt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪnt

Noun

  1. A clue.
    I needed a hint to complete the crossword.
  2. A small, barely detectable amount of.
    This entry requires a hint of irony.
  3. 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.

Translations

Verb

  1. To deliberately imply, indirectly suggest, or provide a clue.
    She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes.
  2. 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.

Translations

Hungarian

Verb

hint
  1. to scatter
    A cukrász porcukrot hint a süteményre.

Extensive Definition

Hint can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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