From Middle English, from *inklen, inclen (“to give an inkling of, hint at, mention, utter in an undertone”), from inke (“apprehension, misgiving”), from Old English inca (“doubt, suspicion”), from Proto-Germanic *inkô (“ache, regret”), from Proto-Indo-European *yenǵ- (“illness”). Cognate with Old Frisian jinc (“angered”), Old Norse ekki (“pain, grief”), Norwegian ekkje (“lack, pity”).
inkle (third-person singular simple present inkles, present participle inkling, simple past and past participle inkled)
- (transitive, rare) To hint at; disclose.
- (transitive, rare) To have a hint or inkling of; divine.
Apparently from earlier *ingle, perhaps from an incorrect division of lingle, lingel.
inkle (countable and uncountable, plural inkles)
- Narrow linen tape, used for trimmings or to make shoelaces
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)