[ gim-lit ]
/ ˈgɪm lɪt /


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.

verb (used with object)

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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French guimbelet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wimmel wimble


gim·let·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gimlet

/ (ˈɡɪmlɪt) /


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

C15: from Old French guimbelet, of Germanic origin, see wimble
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