A slight indication or intimation: wanted to avoid any hint of scandal. A brief or indirect suggestion; a tip: stock-trading hints. A statement conveying information in an indirect fashion; a clue: Give me a hint about the big news. A barely perceptible amount: just a hint of color. Archaic An occasion; an opportunity. To indicate or make known in an indirect manner. To give a hint: wouldn't hint at the true purpose of the meeting. See Synonyms at suggest.