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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 ?
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.
Never, little Miles--no, never--have you given me an inkling of anything that MAY have happened there.
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 do not know why I had an inkling that it would appeal to Strickland's sense of humour to bring a furious stockbroker over to Paris on a fool's errand to an ill-famed house in a mean street.
When Charles left Ducie Street he had caught the first train home, but had no inkling of the newest development until late at night.
All this, the blind man accurately marked; and as if his curiosity were strongly awakened, and he had already some inkling of his mystery, he sat watching him, if the expression may be used, and listening, until it was broad day.
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.
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.
He had a vague inkling that many things had combined, things that she felt though was unconscious of, the intoxication of the air and the hops and the night, the healthy instincts of the natural woman, a tenderness that overflowed, and an affection that had in it something maternal and something sisterly; and she gave all she had to give because her heart was full of charity.