glimmering vs inkling what difference

what is difference between glimmering and inkling




  1. present participle of glimmer


glimmering (plural glimmerings)

  1. A glimmer.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      When she sang in the kirk, folk have told me that they had a foretaste of the musick of the New Jerusalem, and when she came in by the village of Caulds old men stottered to their doors to look at her. Moreover, from her earliest days the bairn had some glimmerings of grace.



  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈɪŋklɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: inkl‧ing

Etymology 1

From Middle English ningkiling, nyngkiling (hint, slight indication; mention, whisper), and then either:

  • possibly a variant of nikking, nyckyng (hint, slight indication; mention, whisper), possibly from nikken (to mark (a text) for correction (?)) + -ing, -inge (suffix forming gerunds from verbs); or
  • from inklen (to mention (in a low voice); to tell (the truth)) [and other forms] + -ing, -inge; inklen may be derived from inca, inke (dread, fear; doubt; danger, risk (?)), from Old English inca (doubt, uncertainty; suspicion; fear; cause for complaint, grievance, grudge, ill-will, offence; quarrel; occasion, opportunity), from Proto-Germanic *inkô (ache; grief; regret), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eng-, *yenǵ- (illness). The English word would then be analysable as inkle +‎ -ing.

Sense 3 (“desire, inclination”) may have been influenced by incline (to tend to believe or do something) or French enclin (inclined, prone).


inkling (plural inklings)

  1. Usually preceded by forms of to give: a slight hint, implication, or suggestion given.
    Synonym: intimation
  2. Often preceded by forms of to get or to have: an imprecise idea or slight knowledge of something; a suspicion.
  3. (Britain, dialectal) A desire, an inclination.

Etymology 2

From inkle +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of inkle



  • kilning, klining, linking

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