Definition of thimble
1 : a pitted cap or cover worn on the finger to push the needle in sewing
2a : a grooved ring of thin metal used to fit in a spliced loop in a rope as protection from chafingb : a lining (as of metal) for an opening (as in a roof or wall) through which a stovepipe or chimney passes
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Other favorites: Kiss Thimble Tassel Necklaces, made from antique Victorian thimbles ($60 to $95).
But the same can’t be said for the thimble, boot or wheelbarrow.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game Monopoly.
Between January 10 and January 31, four million votes were cast on the eight original and 56 new tokens — surprisingly, the thimble, which has been around since 1935, received the lowest count.
Update, 2/17/2017: Well, per the world's vote to replace classic Monopoly tokens, the game's beloved thimble just got the boot.
A thimble would have contained their humility with room left over for an elephant.
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Origin and Etymology of thimble
Middle English thymel, thymbyl, from Old English thȳmel covering for the thumb, from thūma thumb
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
THIMBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thimble for English Language Learners
: a small metal or plastic cap used in sewing to protect the finger that pushes the needle
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Definition of thimble for Students
: a cap or cover used in sewing to protect the finger that pushes the needle
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