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[ingk-ling] /ˈɪŋk lɪŋ/
a slight suggestion or indication; hint; intimation:
They hadn't given us an inkling of what was going to happen.
a vague idea or notion; slight understanding:
They didn't have an inkling of how the new invention worked.
Origin of inkling
1505-15; obsolete inkle to hint (Middle English inklen) + -ing1; akin to Old English inca suspicion Unabridged
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  • It was such a well-behaved, solemn little audience, that never gave me an inkling of its liking or its loathing.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • A day's visit from Paris will give you an inkling of this, but only an inkling.

  • As already suggested, he had at least an inkling of what that undertaking meant.

  • I should judge, from that, he has an inkling of its value, and wants merely to corroborate it.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • At all events something might be said by way of answer that would give an inkling of the truth.

British Dictionary definitions for inkling


a slight intimation or suggestion; suspicion
Word Origin
C14: probably from inclen to hint at; related to Old English inca
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Word Origin and History for inkling

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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