- 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 gimblet
Historical Examples of gimblet
When I called again, Will, I was shown in to an old lord, sharp as a gimblet.Night and Morning, Complete
Gimblet asked her for a list of the jewels and received the same that he had had from Blake.
Gimblet thought of the train that was to have carried him to the golf links.
It was tiresome, and Gimblet felt irritated with the lady for her lack of courtesy.
Gimblet hurried to the instrument and Higgs went to answer the door.
- 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 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.