Definition of inkling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiNGkliNG/


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, notion, sense, impression, conception, suggestion, indication, whisper, glimmer;
(sneaking) suspicion, fancy, hunch, feeling;
hint, clue, intimation, sign
informal the foggiest (idea), the faintest (idea)


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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Syllabification: ink·ling

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