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Etymology 1[edit]

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)

  1. (transitive, rare) To hint at; disclose.
  2. (transitive, rare) To have a hint or inkling of; divine.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Apparently from earlier *ingle, perhaps from an incorrect division of lingle, lingel.

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inkle ‎(countable and uncountable, plural inkles)

  1. Narrow linen tape, used for trimmings or to make shoelaces
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)