gimlet

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Etymology[edit]

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. [1]

a gimlet (tool)

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Noun[edit]

gimlet (plural gimlets)

  1. A small screw-tipped tool for boring holes.
  2. A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.
    • 2001, General Hospital (TV soap opera, August 28)
      Yeah, a piece of advice — once you’re back in circulation, don’t keep topping off a lady’s vodka gimlet when she’s not looking.

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Verb[edit]

gimlet (third-person singular simple present gimlets, present participle gimleting, simple past and past participle gimleted)

  1. To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd. Edition, (1989)