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inkling

noun in·kling \ˈiŋ-kliŋ\

: a slight, uncertain idea about something : a slight amount of knowledge about something

Full Definition of INKLING

1
:  a slight indication or suggestion :  hint, clue <there was no path—no inkling even of a track — New Yorker>
2
:  a slight knowledge or vague notion <had not the faintest inkling of what it was all about — H. W. Carter>
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Examples of INKLING

  1. <did not give the slightest inkling that he was planning to quit>

Origin of INKLING

Middle English yngkiling whisper, mention, probably from inclen to hint at; akin to Old English inca suspicion
First Known Use: 1513

Rhymes with INKLING

INKLING Defined for Kids

inkling

noun in·kling \ˈiŋ-kliŋ\

Definition of INKLING for Kids

:  a vague notion :  hint <She hadn't an inkling there was a problem.>

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