from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colored linen tape woven on a simple narrow loom and used for trimmings.
- n. The yarn or thread used in making this tape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Narrow linen tape, used for trimmings or to make shoelaces
- v. To hint at; disclose.
- v. To have a hint or inkling of; divine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of tape or braid.
- transitive v. To guess.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hint at; disclose. In this use somewhat uncertain, being found only in the following passage:
- To have a hint or inkling of; divine.
- n. A kind of tape or braid formerly employed as a trimming, being sewed upon the surface as in modern braided work. It was either of a single color or of several in stripes.
- n. A material formerly used for decorative needlework, either crewel or embroidery-wool, or perhaps silk or flax.
- n. In modern use, a broad linen tape; wrought spinel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a linen tape used for trimming as a decoration
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently from earlier *ingle, perhaps from an incorrect division of lingle, lingel. (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)