gimlet

noun (1)
gim·​let | \ ˈgim-lət How to pronounce gimlet (audio) \

Definition of gimlet

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

gimlet

adjective

Definition of gimlet (Entry 2 of 4)

: having a piercing or penetrating quality

gimlet

verb
gimleted; gimleting; gimlets

Definition of gimlet (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to pierce as if with a gimlet

gimlet

noun (2)

Definition of gimlet (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of gimlet

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1752, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gimlet

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

probably from gimlet entry 1

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“Gimlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gimlet. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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gimlet

noun
gim·​let | \ ˈgim-lət How to pronounce gimlet (audio) \

Kids Definition of gimlet

: a small pointed tool for making holes

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