American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
- n. A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
- v. To penetrate with or as if with a gimlet.
- adj. Having a penetrating or piercing quality: gimlet eyes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small instrument with a pointed screw at the end, for boring holes in wood by turning it with one hand.
- To use or apply a gimlet upon; form a hole in by using a gimlet; turn round, as one does a gimlet.
- n. A small screw-tipped tool for boring holes.
- n. A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.
- v. To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small tool for boring holes. It has a leading screw, a grooved body, and a cross handle.
- v. To pierce or make with a gimlet.
- v. (Naut.) To turn round (an anchor) by the stock, with a motion like turning a gimlet.
- n. a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice
- n. hand tool for boring holes
- The name "gimlet" comes from the Old French guinbelet, guimbelet, later guibelet, probably a diminutive of the Anglo-French "wimble", a variation of "guimble", from the Middle Low German wiemel, compare the Scandinavian wammie, to bore or twist; the modern French is gibelet. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman guimbelet, perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, diminutive of wimmel, auger. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sator: I'm more a martini guy myself, but that gimlet is in the top five.”
“A gimlet is a strong drink with a distinctive sweet sharp tang to it that is refreshing and elegant.”
“Brendan probably means gauntlet, since a gimlet is a small boring tool for penetrating wood.”
“Shall I persuade him, Dumbledore?' called a gimlet-eyed witch, raising an unusually thick wand that looked not unlike a birch rod.”
“He stood for some time staring after them with what Billy Louise called his gimlet look.”
“(Oxford English Dictionary) [21.9] According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a gimlet is a type of tool used to bore holes.”
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“And her father went over every bill with a gimlet eye.”
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