hint (n.) Look up hint at Dictionary.com
c. 1600 (Shakespeare), "an indirect suggestion intended to be caught by the knowing," apparently from obsolete hent, from Middle English hinten "to tell, inform" (c. 1400), from Old English hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *hantijan (cognates: Gothic hinþan "to seize"), related to hunt (v.). OED dates the sense "small piece of practical information" to 1777.
hint (v.) Look up hint at Dictionary.com
1640s, "suggest in an indirect manner," from hint (n.). Related: Hinted; hinting.