- 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
Related Words for inklingindication, hunch, impression, conception, intimation, lead, hint, innuendo, whisper, tip, cue, suspicion, suggestion, notion, glimmering, tipoff
Examples from the Web for inkling
Contemporary Examples of inkling
Based on the way they sprang into action on Friday, his family had more than an inkling of what might be ahead.SB Shooting Prompts Question: Should Parents of Mentally Ill Adults Be Able To Commit Them?
May 30, 2014
I took the elevator up to the second floor without any inkling of what was about to happen.I Was Australia’s Anna Wintour
April 3, 2014
Did he figure out all at once that Walt was Heisenberg, or do you think that he had an inkling earlier?Dean Norris Deconstructs “Breaking Bad’s” Hank Schrader
September 2, 2013
Perhaps that should have been the first inkling that this might not be a totally kosher idea.‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey
June 17, 2013
Her testimony was necessarily brief, as she had never met Valle, or had any inkling that he was stalking her.Cannibal Cop’s Dark Fetishes Detailed in Grisly Trial Testimony
February 27, 2013
Historical Examples of inkling
A day's visit from Paris will give you an inkling of this, but only an inkling.The Conquest of Fear
Then the parson had his first inkling that the strange visitor must be mad.Tiverton Tales
I should judge, from that, he has an inkling of its value, and wants merely to corroborate it.A Woman Intervenes
When they had had sufficient to eat and drink he allowed them to get an inkling of what was in his mind.The Chinese Fairy Book
Force was useless: in some trick lay the chance; and I had already an inkling of what we must do.The Prisoner of Zenda
- a slight intimation or suggestion; suspicion
Word Origin 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."