hint (http://definr.com/hint)

     n 1: an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever
          touched her" [syn: intimation, breath]
     2: a slight indication [syn: clue]
     3: a small but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch
        of garlic" [syn: touch, mite, pinch, jot, speck,
     4: a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of
        an accent" [syn: trace, suggestion]
     5: an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the
        stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: tip, lead,
         steer, confidential information, wind]
     v : drop a hint; intimate by a hint [syn: suggest]