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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
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.
This is the varietal wine style that many years ago, particularly in the 1990s, had an inkling of a possibility of unseating chardonnay as America’s sweetheart, go-to white wine.
While the Treasure Valley weather is beginning to provide an inkling of spring’s sun and warmth, skiers and snowboarders don’t have to call it quits just yet.
This was the first inkling that the book was destined for runaway success, reaching millions of people worldwide.
This was the first inkling that the book was destined for runaway success .
Anatomy of a trade The first inkling that Griffin was available came from a Basketball Insiders report.
To add to such troubles, there is also an inkling of dissension in the dressing room as evidenced by the recent loss to Watford.
Quarterback swap There was no inkling heading into this game that quarterback Brandon Wimbush wouldn’t play.
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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
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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