I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French guimbelet, from Middle French (Picard), modification of Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, from wimmel wimble Date: 14th century a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and cross handle for boring holes II. adjective Date: 1752 having a piercing or penetrating quality III. transitive verb Date: 1840 to pierce as if with a gimlet IV. noun Etymology: probably from 1gimlet Date: 1928 a drink consisting of sweetened lime juice and gin or vodka and sometimes carbonated or plain water

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  • Gimlet — may refer to:* Captain Lorrington Gimlet King, a fictional character * Gimlet, Kentucky, United States * Gimlet (cocktail), a cocktail typically made of gin or vodka and lime juice * Gimlet (tool), a hand tool for drilling small holes * SA 16… …   Wikipedia

  • Gimlet — Gim let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gimleted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gimleting}.] 1. To pierce or make with a gimlet. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To turn round (an anchor) by the stock, with a motion like turning a gimlet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gimlet — Gim let, n. [Also written and pronounced {gimbled}] [OF. guimbelet, guibelet, F. gibelet, prob. fr. OD. wimpel, weme, a bore, wemelen to bore, to wimble. See {Wimble}, n.] A small tool for boring holes. It has a leading screw, a grooved body, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gimlet — [gim′lit] n. [ME < OFr guimbelet, altered (with dim. suffix et) < wimbelquin < MDu wimmelkijn < wimmel, WIMBLE + dim. suffix kijn, KIN] 1. a small boring tool with a handle at right angles to a shaft having at the other end a spiral,… …   English World dictionary

  • gimlet — (n.) boring tool, mid 14c., gymbelette, from Anglo Fr. guimbelet (Fr. gibelet), perhaps from M.Du. wimmelkijn (with substitute of French dim. suffix), dim. of wimmel auger, drill. The meaning cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gimlet — ► NOUN ▪ a small T shaped tool with a screw tip for boring holes. ORIGIN Old French guimbelet little drill …   English terms dictionary

  • Gimlet — Der Gimlet ist ein klassischer Cocktail. Der Shortdrink besteht nur aus zwei Zutaten: Gin und Lime Juice Cordial. Geschichte Der Gimlet wurde zuerst gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts in der britischen Royal Navy getrunken, blieb aber außerhalb… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gimlet — gim|let [ˈgımlıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: guimbelet, probably from Middle Dutch wimmel tool for making holes ] 1.) a tool that is used to make small holes in wood so that you can put screws in easily 2.) gimlet eyed/gimlet eyes… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gimlet — noun (C) 1 a tool that is used to make small holes in wood so that you can put screws in easily 2 gimlet eyed/gimlet eyes if someone is gimlet eyed, or has gimlet eyes, they look at things very hard and notice every detail 3 an alcoholic drink… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gimlet — 1. noun /ˈɡɪm.lət/ a) A small screw tipped tool for boring holes. The box was close on every side, with a little door for me to go in and out, and a few gimlet holes to let in air. b) A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice …   Wiktionary

  • gimlet — [[t]gɪ̱mlɪt[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n If you say that someone has gimlet eyes, you mean that they look at people or things very carefully, and seem to notice every detail. [WRITTEN] Have you read the whole book? she asks, gimlet eyed …   English dictionary

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