Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
  • noun A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
  • transitive verb To make a hole in (something) with a gimlet.
  • adjective Having a penetrating or piercing quality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To use or apply a gimlet upon; form a hole in by using a gimlet; turn round, as one does a gimlet.
  • noun A small instrument with a pointed screw at the end, for boring holes in wood by turning it with one hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small tool for boring holes. It has a leading screw, a grooved body, and a cross handle.
  • noun [Colloq.] a squint-eye.
  • transitive verb To pierce or make with a gimlet.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To turn round (an anchor) by the stock, with a motion like turning a gimlet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small screw-tipped tool for boring holes.
  • noun A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.
  • verb To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice
  • noun hand tool for boring holes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman guimbelet, perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, diminutive of wimmel, auger.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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