From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhinthint1 /hɪnt/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1SAYsomething that you say or do to suggest something to someone, without telling them directly 🔊 There have been hints that he may take up coaching. 🔊 ‘Look, I can’t tell you.’ ‘Oh, come on, give me a hint.’hint about/as to 🔊 Miles had been dropping heavy hints about the cost of petrol. 🔊 I made it clear I wasn’t interested in him, but he didn’t take the hint.2LITTLE/NOT MUCHa very small amount or sign of somethinghint of 🔊 ‘When?’ he asked with a hint of impatience. 🔊 We shall have to turn back if there’s the slightest hint of fog.3ADVISEa useful piece of advice about how to do something syn tiphelpful/handy hintshint on/about 🔊 helpful hints on looking after houseplantsCOLLOCATIONSverbsgive (somebody) a hintCome on, what is it? Give me a hint.drop a hint (=give a hint)She was dropping quite a few hints about what she'd like for her birthday.take a/the hint (=to understand a hint and act on it)Mark took the hint and shut up.get the hint (=to understand a hint)I looked hopefully at the cake, but he didn't get the hint.adjectivesa broad/strong/heavy hint (=one that is very easy to understand)He had dropped a heavy hint that they might get married.a subtle/gentle hint (=one that is not very easy to understand – sometimes used ironically when someone is being very obvious)I'm sick of her subtle hints that I'm not welcome here.a vague hint (=one that is not specific enough to understand)In his article, he gave only vague hints as to what he had actually done.phrasesI can take a hint (=used when you understand someone's hint)All right, I can take a hint. I'm leaving.