verb (used with object)
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.
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.