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[ing-kuh l] /ˈɪŋ kəl/
a linen tape used for trimmings.
the linen thread or yarn from which this tape is made.
Origin of inkle
1535-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Tinkle, inkle," came the sound of old Daisy's bell from the pasture; and the sound started a new train of glad thoughts.

  • But if our voyage from England was so pleasant, it wasn't owing to Mr. inkle, I'm certain.

    Inkle and Yarico George Colman
  • And how came you, sir, to impose upon me, and assume the name of inkle?

    Inkle and Yarico George Colman
  • The inkle was a favourite pedlar-sold tape of the day, probably more at hand and more to the purpose than packthread.

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • As soon as they arrive, inkle goes and sells his benefactress in the slave market.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • My business is to prevent young sobersides, young inkle, from appearing, to interrupt the ceremony.

    Inkle and Yarico George Colman
  • John was going foremost when Richard, a good way behind, dropped 'a ball of inkle from his pocket.'

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for inkle


a kind of linen tape used for trimmings
the thread or yarn from which this tape is woven
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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