- a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft with a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other.
- a cocktail made with gin or vodka, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes soda water.
- to pierce with or as if with a gimlet.
- Also gim·blet [gim-blit] /ˈgɪm blɪt/. Nautical. to rotate (a suspended anchor) to a desired position.
- able to penetrate or bore through.
Origin of gimlet
Examples from the Web for gimlet
Murdoch was known to personally track all of the editorial budgets with a gimlet eye.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
There are reasons, in other words, for hard-shell conservatives to give him the gimlet eye.Rand Paul Woos the Base With Hot Monica Lewinsky Talk
February 12, 2014
What the baron recoils from in horror, others discern with a gimlet eye to the main social chance.David's Bookclub: The Guermantes Way
September 3, 2012
However, with the gimlet eyes of a new blogger, I detect ominous portents of change.The Future of the Book
September 27, 2011
He could have moved it now for nothing short of a gimlet or a red-hot wire.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
With a gimlet I bored a hole in the floor, through which I passed a piece of string.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
She's got eyes like gimlet holes, and her hair's the color of tow.
Then he quietly drew a gimlet from his pocket and bored a hole in the door.A Nest of Spies
He was no doubt the head doctor, for his glance was as sharp and piercing as a gimlet.L'Assommoir
- a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
- US a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
- a eucalyptus of W Australia having a twisted bole
- (tr) to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet
- penetrating; piercing (esp in the phrase gimlet-eyed)
Word Origin and History for gimlet
boring-tool, mid-14c., gymbelette, from Anglo-French guimbelet (French gibelet), perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn (with substitute of French diminutive suffix), diminutive of wimmel "auger, drill." The meaning "cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice" is first attested 1928, presumably from its "penetrating" effects on the drinker.