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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 ad relies on preexisting inklings about the city, like the one perpetuated by the television show Frasier, as a bucolic paradise for outdoor life and white-collar professionalism.
From the very first inklings of the republic, America was part of something bigger than itself.
The two started together at a WTA tournament in Prague in April of last year, with little inkling that a Grand Slam title was weeks away.
Meanwhile, his counterparts in Europe and Asia have some inkling of the U.S. calendar.
Do any of these jokers have an inkling of how posterity will view this week’s videos of them skulking away from reporters in the Capitol’s corridors or making mealy-mouth statements while staring down at the floor?
Not that the photographer who owns the rights has collected for all this — or even had much of an inkling.
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.
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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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