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[wim-buh l]
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  1. a device used especially in mining for extracting the rubbish from a bored hole.
  2. a marbleworker's brace for drilling.
  3. any of various other instruments for boring.
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verb (used with object), wim·bled, wim·bling.
  1. to bore or perforate with or as if with a wimble.
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Origin of wimble

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wimmel auger; see gimlet
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Examples from the Web for wimble

Historical Examples

  • The kelpie gave a hideous roar, and turned away to run from the wimble.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood

    George MacDonald

  • And the wimble was so hot that it was as white as the whitest moon you ever saw.

  • He then proceeded to acquaint me with the welfare of Will Wimble.

    The De Coverley Papers

    Joseph Addison and Others

  • “That remains to be proved, Wimble,” said Uncle Josiah, drily.

  • Nor must we forget Will Wimble, though he is really an outsider.

British Dictionary definitions for wimble


  1. any of a number of hand tools, such as a brace and bit or a gimlet, used for boring holes
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  1. to bore (a hole) with or as if with a wimble
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Word Origin

C13: from Middle Dutch wimmel auger
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