[ing-kuh l]

Origin of inkle

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for inkle

Historical Examples of inkle

  • But if our voyage from England was so pleasant, it wasn't owing to Mr. Inkle, I'm certain.

    Inkle and Yarico

    George Colman

  • And how came you, sir, to impose upon me, and assume the name of Inkle?

    Inkle and Yarico

    George Colman

  • The inkle was a favourite pedlar-sold tape of the day, probably more at hand and more to the purpose than packthread.

    Elizabethan England

    William Harrison

  • John was going foremost when Richard, a good way behind, dropped 'a ball of inkle from his pocket.'

  • 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)

British Dictionary definitions for inkle


  1. a kind of linen tape used for trimmings
  2. the thread or yarn from which this tape is woven

Word Origin for inkle

C16: of unknown origin
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