American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A slight hint or indication.
- n. A slight understanding or vague idea or notion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hint; an intimation; a slight or imperfect idea or notion.
- n. Inclination; desire.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A hint; an intimation.
- n. a slight suggestion or vague understanding
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- 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; see niche. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's hard to know where to start when your best inkling is to read some papers and try to find time with the overbooked senior graduate student.”
“If I do, the inkling is to want to pitch to him, but maybe there's a situation where we pitch around him," he said.”
“She'll maybe have had some inkling from the Lord that her bairn was coming.”
“I’m getting in inkling of why CBS says they had to shut down comments on on Obama stories. dsbo lhxromacd Says:”
“But, just the same, the inkling is a built-in nuance or, "tell"; and it does exist.”
“Just how you managed to work "inkling" into a discussion that started out with Tolkien and Lewis!”
“I just cannot believe, no offense to the bride, that there was just no "inkling" this "wedding cake lady" to be kind was less than professional?”
“How much in advance I don't know, but we would probably have some kind of inkling that it was going on.”
“If Ms. Fox had an 'inkling' [phonetic/pun] of what it is to simply deliver the product, she might want to consider washing her hands of the whole thing.”
“But then folks here at home opened up their USA Today newspaper, heard about this domestic database, and they said we should have had some kind of inkling consistent with national security about what was really going on.”
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