[ ingk-ling ]
/ ˈɪŋk lɪŋ /


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

1505–15; obsolete inkle to hint (Middle English inklen) + -ing1; akin to Old English inca suspicion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inkling

/ (ˈɪŋklɪŋ) /


a slight intimation or suggestion; suspicion

Word Origin for inkling

C14: probably from inclen to hint at; related to Old English inca
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