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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
An Italian immigrant who arrived from Sicily around 1910, Candela studied to become an architect at Columbia University, where Beaux Arts classical knowhow was still valued but inklings of pragmatic modern functionalism were seeping in from abroad.
Another classmate, Brooke Williams, reached by Facebook, agreed that there had been no inkling this week of the violence to come.
My first inkling of the bigotry on both sides came during the presidential campaign, in the form of emails from readers.
McConnell is already facing some inklings of dissension among the ranks of his party over his leadership.
Perhaps some might have an inkling that there’s something wrong with that logic.
But in the mid-1800s, most scientists had no inkling that humans had evolved from other species.
The first inklings of FRB 121102’s true nature trace back to early 2017, when this so-far singular FRB was definitively linked to a region of intense star formation in a dwarf galaxy some three billion light-years from Earth.
No matter his intent, the pitch was just the first inkling Longhorns and Aggies still love to go hard at each other on the field, no matter the conference affiliation, and this time around A&M prevailed.
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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."
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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