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gimlet

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noun gim·let \ˈgim-lət\

Definition of gimlet

  1. :  a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and cross handle for boring holes



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Origin of gimlet

Middle English, from Anglo-French guimbelet, from Middle French (Picard), modification of Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, from wimmel wimble


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Hardware Terms


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gimlet

adjective gim·let

Definition of gimlet

  1. :  having a piercing or penetrating quality



1752

First Known Use of gimlet

1752


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gimlet

verb gim·let

Definition of gimlet

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pierce as if with a gimlet



1840

First Known Use of gimlet

1840


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gimlet

noun gim·let

Definition of gimlet

  1. :  a drink consisting of sweetened lime juice and gin or vodka and sometimes carbonated or plain water



Origin of gimlet

probably from 1gimlet


First Known Use: 1928

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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