Inkling meaning

ĭng'klĭng
A slight understanding or vague idea or notion.
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A vague idea or notion; suspicion.
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The definition of an inkling is a suspicion or a hint.

When you kind of suspect that someone is planning a surprise party for you but you are not quite sure, this is an example of an inkling.

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A slight hint or indication.
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A slight suspicion or hint.
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(dialect) Inclination, desire.
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Present participle of inkle.
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An indirect suggestion; slight indication; hint.
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Origin of inkling

  • Probably alteration of Middle English (a) ningkiling (a) hint, suggestion possibly alteration of nikking from nikken to mark a text for correction from nik notch, tally perhaps from variant of Old French niche niche niche
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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”).
    From Wiktionary