a gimlet (tool)




  • To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).
  • To turn round (an anchor) as if turning a gimlet.


  • From the Old French guinbelet, guimbelet, later guibelet, probably a diminutive of the Anglo-French wimble, a variation of guimble (“drill”), from the Middle Low German wiemel, compare the Scandinavian wammie, to bore or twist; the modern French is gibelet.
  • Cocktail either named after the tool, in reference to its penetrating effects, or British Navy surgeon Gimlette.

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