Etymology
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hint (n.)

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 (source also of Gothic hinþan "to seize"), related to hunt (v.). OED dates the sense "small piece of practical information" to 1777.

hint (v.)

1640s, "suggest in an indirect manner," from hint (n.). Related: Hinted; hinting.

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Definitions of hint
1
hint (n.)
an indirect suggestion;
Synonyms: intimation / breath
hint (n.)
a slight indication;
Synonyms: clue
hint (n.)
a slight but appreciable amount;
Synonyms: touch / tinge / mite / pinch / jot / speck / soupcon
hint (n.)
a just detectable amount;
a hint mockery in her manner
Synonyms: trace / tint / suggestion
hint (n.)
an indication of potential opportunity;
Synonyms: tip / lead / steer / confidential information / wind
2
hint (v.)
drop a hint; intimate by a hint;
Synonyms: suggest
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