Shot vs Hint - What's the difference?

shot | hint |

In lang=en terms the difference between shot and hint

is that shot is to load (a gun) with shot while hint is to develop and add hints to a font.

As nouns the difference between shot and hint

is that shot is the result of launching a projectile or bullet or shot can be a charge to be paid, a scot or shout while hint is a clue.

As verbs the difference between shot and hint

is that shot is (shoot) or shot can be to load (a gun) with shot while hint is to suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.

As an adjective shot

is (colloquial) worn out or broken.

As an interjection shot

is (colloquial|south africa) thank you.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) , from Germanic *skot-''. Cognate with German ''''. Compare ''scot .


(en adjective)
  • (colloquial) Worn out or broken.
  • The rear axle will have to be replaced. It's shot .
  • *
  • * (The Tragically Hip), "Thompson Girl", :
  • Thompson girl, I'm stranded at the Unique Motel / Thompson girl, winterfighter's shot on the car as well
  • (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
  • The cloak was shot through with silver threads.
  • tired, weary
  • I have to go to bed now; I'm shot .
  • Discharged, cleared, or rid of something.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Are you not glad to be shot of him?


    (en noun)
  • The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
  • The shot was wide off the mark.
  • (sports) The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
  • They took the lead on a last-minute shot .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 12 , author= , title=International friendly: England 1-0 Spain , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=England's attacking impetus was limited to one shot from Lampard that was comfortably collected by keeper Iker Casillas, but for all Spain's domination of the ball his England counterpart Joe Hart was unemployed.}}
  • (athletics) The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
  • The shot flew twenty metres, and nearly landed on the judge's foot.
  • (uncountable) Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  • (uncountable, military) Metal balls (or similar) used as ammunition; not necessarily small.
  • (referring to one's skill at firing a gun) Someone who shoots (a gun) regularly
  • I brought him hunting as he's a good shot .
    He'd make a bad soldier as he's a lousy shot .
  • An opportunity or attempt.
  • I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.
  • A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insulting.
  • * 2003 , Carla Marinucci, " On inauguration eve, 'Aaaarnold' stands tall," San Francisco Chronicle , 16 Nov. (retrieved 18 Apr. 2009):
  • Schwarzenegger also is taking nasty shots from his own party, as GOP conservatives bash some of his appointments as Kennedyesque and traitorous to party values.
  • (slang, sports, US) A punch or other physical blow.
  • A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce)
  • I'd like a shot of whisky in my coffee.
  • A single serving of espresso.
  • (photography, film) A single unbroken sequence of photographic film exposures, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frames.
  • We got a good shot of the hummingbirds mating.
  • A vaccination or injection.
  • I went to the doctor to get a shot for malaria.
  • (US, Canada, baseball, informal) A home run that scores one, two, or three runs (a four run home run is usually referred to as a grand slam).
  • His solo shot in the seventh inning ended up winning the game.
  • (US federal prison system) Written documentation of a behavior infraction.
  • Derived terms
    * armor-piercing shot * big shot * buckshot * chip shot * cow shot * long shot * parting shot * shot-glass * shotgun * shotlike * shot put * shot spot * split-shot * tracking shot
    * call the shots * give something one's best shot * shot in the arm


  • (shoot)
  • Verb

  • To load (a gun) with shot.
  • (Totten)
    (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 2

    See .


    (en noun)
  • A charge to be paid, a scot or shout.
  • Drink up. It's his shot .
  • * Chapman
  • Here no shots are where all shares be.
  • * Shakespeare
  • A man is never welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say "Welcome".

    Etymology 3


    (en interjection)
  • (colloquial, South Africa) Thank you.
  • Statistics




    (wikipedia hint)


    (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.


    * (small amount) see also .


    (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 .


    * allude * imply * insinuate * suggest


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