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in·kling

 (ĭng′klĭng)
n.
1. A slight hint or indication.
2. A slight understanding or vague idea or notion.

[Probably alteration of Middle English (a) ningkiling, (a) hint, suggestion, possibly alteration of nikking, from nikken, to mark a text for correction, from nik, notch, tally, perhaps from variant of Old French niche, niche; see niche.]

inkling

(ˈɪŋklɪŋ)
n
a slight intimation or suggestion; suspicion
[C14: probably from inclen to hint at; related to Old English inca]

ink•ling

(ˈɪŋk lɪŋ)

n.
1. a slight suggestion; hint; intimation: They gave us no inkling of what was going to happen.
2. a vague idea or notion; slight understanding: I don't have an inkling of how it works.
[1505–15; obsolete inkle to hint (Middle English inklen) + -ing1]
inkle, inkling - To inkle is to communicate in an undertone or whisper, to give a hint of something, which gives us inkling.
See also related terms for hint.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inkling - a slight suggestion or vague understanding; "he had no inkling what was about to happen"
suggestion - an idea that is suggested; "the picnic was her suggestion"

inkling

noun suspicion, idea, hint, suggestion, notion, indication, whisper, clue, conception, glimmering, intimation, faintest or foggiest idea We had an inkling that something might be happening.

inkling

noun
A subtle quality underlying or felt to underlie a situation, action, or person:
Translations
مَعْرِفَه قليلَه، أقل فِكْرَه عن
ponětítušení
anelsemistanke
sejtelem
hugboî
nuvokimas
nojausmapriekšstats

inkling

[ˈɪŋklɪŋ] N (= vague idea) → idea f
I had no inkling thatno tenía ni la menor idea de que ...
we had some inkling of itteníamos una vaga idea
there was no inkling of the disaster to comenadie podía imaginarse el desastre que iba a sobrevenir
to give sb an inkling thatinsinuar a algn que ...

inkling

[ˈɪŋklɪŋ] n
to have an inkling of sth → soupçonner qch, se douter de qch
I began to have an inkling of this woman's importance in John's life → Je commençais à me douter de l'importance de cette femme dans la vie de John., Je commençais à soupçonner l'importance de cette femme dans la vie de John.
to have no inkling of sth → n'avoir pas la moindre idée de qch
He had no inkling of the cause of the delay → Il n'avait pas la moindre idée de la cause du retard.
to have an inkling (that) → se douter que
She had an inkling that something was wrong → Elle se doutait que quelque chose n'allait pas.
to have no inkling (that)
We had no inkling that → Rien ne nous laissait supposer que ...

inkling

n (= vague idea)dunkle Ahnung; he didn’t have an inklinger hatte nicht die leiseste Ahnung or keinen blassen Schimmer (inf); to give somebody an inklingjdm eine andeutungsweise Vorstellung geben; there was no inkling of the disaster to comenichts deutete auf die bevorstehende Katastrophe hin

inkling

[ˈɪŋklɪŋ] n (hint) → indizio; (suspicion, vague idea) → mezza idea
to give sb an inkling that → lasciar capire or intuire a qn che
I had no inkling that → non avevo la minima idea che

inkling

(ˈiŋkliŋ) noun
a slight idea or suspicion (about something that is happening). I had no inkling of what was going on until she told me all about it.
References in classic literature ?
Never, little Miles--no, never--have you given me an inkling of anything that MAY have happened there.
At first I knew not what to make of this; but soon an inkling of the truth occurred to me.
Jurgis wondered who had first thought of it; and when he was told that it was a common thing for men to do in America, he got the first inkling of a meaning in the phrase "a free country.
Shelby from her chamber window alternately laughed and wondered,--not without some inkling of what lay at the bottom of all this confusion.
In these days Adam Ladd sometimes went to Temperance on business connected with the proposed branch of the railroad familiarly known as the "York and Yank 'em," and while there he gained an inkling of Sunnybrook affairs.
Put the case that he took her in, and that he kept down the old wild violent nature whenever he saw an inkling of its breaking out, by asserting his power over her in the old way.
Anyhow, it will give you an inkling of our--mysteries.
I felt the first inkling of a thing that presently grew quite clear in my mind, that oppressed me for many days, a sense of dethronement, a persuasion that I was no longer a master, but an animal among the animals, under the Martian heel.
But no-- I cannot say that I had NEVER foreseen it, for my mind DID get an inkling of what was coming, through my seeing something very similar to it in a dream.
I had there, put away in a locker, ten thousand francs in gold of whose presence on board, so far as I was aware, not a soul, except Dominic had the slightest inkling.
It may appear singular that we should have been thus on our guard with our own shipmates; but there were some among us who, had they possessed the least inkling of our project, would, for a paltry hope of reward, have immediately communicated it to the captain.
Of the existence of the lures and gains upon which the bank is founded and maintained he must profess to have not an inkling.