Pronunciation: (hint),[key] —n. 1. an indirect, covert, or helpful suggestion; clue: Give me a hint as to his identity. 2. a very slight or hardly noticeable amount; soupçon: a hint of garlic in the salad dressing. 3. perceived indication or suggestion; note; intimation: a hint of spring in the air. 4. Obs.an occasion or opportunity.
—v.t. to give a hint of: gray skies hinting a possible snowfall.
—v.i. to make indirect suggestion or allusion; subtly imply (usually fol. by at): The article hinted at corruption in the mayor's office.