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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wimble, wimbel. Compare Middle Dutch wimmel, Middle Low German wimel, wemel.


wimble (plural wimbles)

  1. Any of various hand tools for boring holes.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English wimblen, from the noun (above). Compare Middle Low German wemelen.


wimble (third-person singular simple present wimbles, present participle wimbling, simple past and past participle wimbled)

  1. (transitive) To truss hay with a wimble.
  2. To bore or pierce, as with a wimble.
    • Wood
      A foot soldier [] wimbled also a hole through said coffin.

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Etymology 3[edit]

Related to whim.


wimble (comparative more wimble, superlative most wimble)

  1. (obsolete) active; nimble
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
    • 1579: Spenser Sheph. Cal. Mar. 91 “He was so wimble, and so wight [gloss Quicke and deliuer].”
    • 1579: Hake Newes out of Powles (1872) Bj, “I spyde a pretie wymble lad.”
    • 1602: Marston Ant. & Mel. iii. Wks. 1856 I. 40 “Buckle thy spirits up, put all thy wits In wimble action.”
    • 1614: J. Davies (Heref.) Sheph. Pipe, Ecl. G5, “Then nought can be atchieu'd with witty shewes, Sith griefe of Elde accloyen wimble wit.”
    • 1748-58: M. Mendez Sqr. Dames i. i. xxvii, “Man throws the wimble bait, and greedy woman bites.”