Hint vs Clue - What's the difference?

hint | clue |

Hint is a synonym of clue.


As nouns the difference between hint and clue

is that hint is a clue while clue is a strand of yarn etc as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.

As verbs the difference between hint and clue

is that hint is to suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue while clue is to provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").

hint

English

(wikipedia hint)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A clue.
  • A tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement.
  • A small, barely detectable amount of.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=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,
  • 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 .
  • (obsolete) An opportunity; occasion; fit time.
  • * 1610 , , 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.

    Synonyms

    * (small amount) see also .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.
  • She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=4 citation , passage=“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. … .”}}
  • To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner.
  • to hint a suspicion
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike.
  • 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 .

    Synonyms

    * allude * imply * insinuate * suggest

    Anagrams

    * ----

    clue

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • she had even had in the past a small smug conviction that in the domestic labyrinth she always kept the clue .
  • Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
  • An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
  • (slang) Insight or understanding ("to have a clue [about]" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)
  • Synonyms

    * (information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion) hint, indication, suggestion * (object or indication which may be used as evidence) signature

    Derived terms

    * * clueless * cluestick / clue stick * cluey * have a clue * not have a clue

    See also

    * evidence * red herring

    Verb

  • To provide with a clue.
  • The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".
  • To provide someone with information which he or she lacks (often used with "in" or "up").
  • Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.

    Derived terms

    * clued-in * clued-up