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inkling

[ingk-ling] /ˈɪŋk lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a slight suggestion or indication; hint; intimation:
They hadn't given us an inkling of what was going to happen.
2.
a vague idea or notion; slight understanding:
They didn't have an inkling of how the new invention worked.
Origin of inkling
1505-1515
1505-15; obsolete inkle to hint (Middle English inklen) + -ing1; akin to Old English inca suspicion
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inkling

/ˈɪŋklɪŋ/
noun
1.
a slight intimation or suggestion; suspicion
Word Origin
C14: probably from inclen to hint at; related to Old English inca
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n.

c.1400, apparently from the gerund of Middle English verb inclen "utter in an undertone, hint at, hint" (mid-14c.), which is of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old English inca "doubt, suspicion."

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