thimble

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English[edit]

A thimble.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thimbil, thimel, thimle, thümle, Old English þȳmel (thumbstall; fingerstall; thimble), from Proto-Germanic *þūmilaz, corresponding to thumb +‎ -le. Cognate with Scots thummle, thumble (thimble), Saterland Frisian Düümelke (thumbstall), Dutch duimeling, German Low German Dümelke (thumbstall), German Däumling (thumbstall).

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Noun[edit]

thimble (plural thimbles)

  1. (sewing) A pitted, now usually metal, cap for the fingers, used in sewing to push the needle.
  2. A similarly shaped socket in machinery.
  3. A thimbleful.
  4. (nautical) A ring of metal or rope used in a ship's rigging; it is a protection against chafing.

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