from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slight hint or indication.
- n. A slight understanding or vague idea or notion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slight suspicion or hint.
- n. Inclination, desire.
- v. Present participle of inkle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hint; an intimation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hint; an intimation; a slight or imperfect idea or notion.
- n. Inclination; desire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slight suggestion or vague understanding
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)
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)