wimble (plural wimbles)
- (transitive) To truss hay with a wimble.
- To bore or pierce, as with a wimble.
- A foot soldier […] wimbled also a hole through said coffin.
Related to whim.
- (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.”