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inkling n : a slight suggestion or vague understanding; "he had no inkling what was about to happen" [syn: intimation, glimmering, glimmer]

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  1. A slight suspicion or hint.
    Featuring a prominent and unique opening chord, the song's success provided the first inkling that The Beatles were not the one-hit wonder some had suggested when they first came to America. —A Hard Day's Night (song)
  2. inclination, desire.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bare suggestion, broad hint, clue, cue, dash, gentle hint, gesture, glimmer, glimmering, half an idea, hazy idea, hint, idea, implication, impression, index, indication, infusion, innuendo, insinuation, intimation, kick, look, mere notion, nod, notion, nudge, prompt, sauce, scent, seasoning, shade, sign, signal, smack, sneaking suspicion, soupcon, spice, spoor, sprinkling, suggestion, suspicion, symptom, taint, telltale, tempering, thought, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tip, tip-off, touch, trace, track, vague idea, vestige, whisper, wind, wink
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