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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hinten, hynten, variant of henten (to lay hold of, catch), from Old English hentan (to seize, grasp), from Proto-Germanic *hantijaną. More at hent. Related to hunt.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /hɪnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪnt

NounEdit

hint (plural hints)

  1. A clue.
    I needed a hint to complete the crossword.
  2. A tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement.
    He gave me a hint that my breath smelt.
  3. A small, barely detectable amount of.
    There was a hint of irony in his voice.
    I could taste a hint of lemon in the wine.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, [] .
  4. (computing) 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.
  5. (obsolete) An opportunity; occasion; fit time.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2
      I, not remembering how I cried out then, / Will cry it o'er again: it is a hint / That wrings mine eyes to't.

SynonymsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Danish: hint
  • Dutch: hint
  • Japanese: ヒント (hinto)
  • Norwegian Bokmål: hint
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: hint
  • Swedish: hint

TranslationsEdit

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VerbEdit

hint (third-person singular simple present hints, present participle hinting, simple past and past participle hinted)

  1. (intransitive) To suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.
    She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[2]:
      “I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. … .”
  2. (transitive) To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner.
    to hint a suspicion
  3. (transitive) 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.

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DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From English hint

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hint n (singular definite hintet, plural indefinite hint or hints)

  1. hint, clue

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈhiˀnd̥], [hind̥]

PronounEdit

hint

  1. neuter singular of hin

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English hint.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hint f or m (plural hints, diminutive hintje n)

  1. hint

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See alsoEdit

VerbEdit

hint

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of hinten
  2. imperative of hinten

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From an unattested stem of unknown origin + -t (causative suffix).[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ ˈhint]
  • Hyphenation: hint
  • Rhymes: -int

VerbEdit

hint

  1. (transitive) to scatter, sprinkle (to cause a substance to fall in fine drops (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance))
    Synonyms: szór, hullat
    A cukrász porcukrot hint a süteményre.The confectioner sprinkles powedered sugar on the cookie.

ConjugationEdit

Derived termsEdit

(With verbal prefixes):

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN
  2. ^ hint in Tótfalusi, István. Magyar etimológiai nagyszótár (’Hungarian Comprehensive Dictionary of Etymology’). Budapest: Arcanum Adatbázis, 2001; Arcanum DVD Könyvtár →ISBN

Further readingEdit

  • hint in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’An Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English hint.

NounEdit

hint n (definite singular hintet, indefinite plural hint, definite plural hinta or hintene)

  1. a hint
    • 2014, "Grepet av deg" by Sylvia Day, Bastion Forlag →ISBN [3]
      Mykt og taktfast, erfarent, med akkurat det rette hintet av lidenskap holdt i tøyler.
      Soft and measured, experienced, with just the right hint of passion kept in check.

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English hint.

NounEdit

hint n (definite singular hintet, indefinite plural hint, definite plural hinta)

  1. a hint

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