Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hint”

hint

noun uk   /hɪnt/ us  

hint noun (INDIRECT STATEMENT)

B2 [C] something that you say or do that shows, but not directly, what you think or want: [+ that] He's dropped (= given) several hints to the boss that he'll quit if he doesn't get a promotion. Did she give you any hints about where she was going? You can't take (= understand) a hint, can you? Just go away and leave me alone!

hint noun (ADVICE)

B2 [C] a piece of advice that helps you to do something: Could you give us a hint about how to do this exercise, please? This recipe book is full of handy (= useful) hints.

hint noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

C2 [C usually singular] a very small amount of something: There's just a hint of brandy in the sauce. I detected a hint of doubt in his voice.

hint

verb [I] uk   /hɪnt/ us  
to say or do something that shows, but not directly, what you think or want: [+ (that)] Mum's hinted (that) she might pay for my trip to Mexico. He's hinted at the possibility of moving to America.
(Definition of hint from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hint?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hint” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More