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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from inkle 'to say quietly, hint' (1300-1400)

inkling

noun
     
ink‧ling [countable usually singular]
a slight idea about something [↪ suspicion]:
I had an inkling that she was pregnant.
inkling of
She had absolutely no inkling of what was going on.

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