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Examples of inkling in a Sentence
did not give the slightest inkling that he was planning to quit
Recent Examples of inkling from the Web
The Rangers had mounted a 7-1 lead before the Indians even took their second turn at bat, but Zimmer had an inkling.
There would be an understandable inkling to try to fix this mess in a hurry and get the team back into the playoffs.
Operation Blockbuster traced the first inklings of Lazarus activity to 2009, or possibly to 2007, with large-scale denial of service attacks on U.S. and South Korean websites.
The Nick hosted an open mic event on Monday called Birmingham Bandstand, and likely had an inkling that Bacon might stop by.
Bauer, who had five strikeouts through the first four innings, gave an inkling of what was to come in the fifth.
The operators apparently had no inkling that the top of the core was uncovered.
His first inkling something was amiss came on Thursday morning, after the first flight from Miami to Exuma.
Maybe the first inkling was the coarse salt on the rim of a margarita, or a salad invigorated by sparks of La Baleine, or a virgin bite of chocolate sprinkled with fleur de sel.
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Did You Know?
Originating in English in the early 16th century, inkling derives from Middle English yngkiling, meaning "whisper or mention," and perhaps further from the verb inclen, meaning "to hint at." It also shares a distant relationship with the Old English noun inca, meaning "suspicion." An early sense of the word meant "a faint perceptible sound or undertone" or "rumor," but now people usually use the word to refer to a tiny bit of knowledge or information that a person receives about something. One related word you might not have heard of is the verb inkle, a back-formation of inkling that occurs in some British English dialects and means "to have an idea or notion of."
Origin and Etymology of inkling
Middle English yngkiling whisper, mention, probably from inclen to hint at; akin to Old English inca suspicion
First Known Use: 1513See Words from the same year
INKLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inkling for English Language Learners
: a slight, uncertain idea about something : a slight amount of knowledge about something
INKLING Defined for Kids
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