- a linen tape used for trimmings.
- the linen thread or yarn from which this tape is made.
Origin of inkle
First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for inkle
But if our voyage from England was so pleasant, it wasn't owing to Mr. Inkle, I'm certain.
And how came you, sir, to impose upon me, and assume the name of Inkle?
The inkle was a favourite pedlar-sold tape of the day, probably more at hand and more to the purpose than packthread.Elizabethan England
John was going foremost when Richard, a good way behind, dropped 'a ball of inkle from his pocket.'Historical Mysteries
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)
- a kind of linen tape used for trimmings
- the thread or yarn from which this tape is woven
C16: of unknown origin
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