- a kind of braided linen tape
- the thread or yarn from which this is made
Origin of inkle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps obsolete Dutch inckel (Du enkel), single (with reference to the narrow width)
- A colored linen tape woven on a simple narrow loom and used for trimmings.
- The yarn or thread used in making this tape.
Origin of inkleOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present inkles, present participle inkling, simple past and past participle inkled)
From Middle English, from *inklen, inclen (“to give an inkling of, hint at, mention, utter in an undertone”), from inke (“apprehension, misgiving”), from Old English inca (“doubt, suspicion”), from Proto-Germanic *inkô (“ache, regret”), from Proto-Indo-European *yenǵ- (“illness”). Cognate with Old Frisian jinc (“angered”), Old Norse ekki (“pain, grief”), Norwegian ekkje (“lack, pity”).