Definition of inkling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪŋklɪŋ/


A slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint: the records give us an inkling of how people saw the world
More example sentences
  • If she had the slightest inkling of the notion of democratic representation she would never be able to say this.
  • He had it all mapped out and made certain Sally didn't have the slightest inkling that anything was up.
  • Few had the slightest inkling about the kind of music that was being played by the band.
idea, vague idea, notion, glimmering;
sense, impression, suggestion, indication, whisper, suspicion, sneaking suspicion, fancy, hunch;
knowledge, slight knowledge;
hint, clue, intimation, sign, pointer, insinuation, innuendo
British informal the foggiest idea, the foggiest, the faintest idea, the faintest


Late Middle English (in the sense 'a mention in an undertone, a hint'): from the rare verb inkle 'utter in an undertone', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with inkling

sprinkling, tinkling

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