- a small boring tool with a handle at right angles to a shaft having at the other end a spiral, pointed cutting edge
- a cocktail made of sweetened lime juice, gin or vodka, and sometimes soda
Origin of gimletMiddle English from Old French guimbelet, altered (with diminutive suffix -et) from wimbelquin from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn from wimmel, wimble + diminutive suffix -kijn, -kin
to make a hole in with or as with a gimlet
- A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
- A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
transitive verbgim·let·ed, gim·let·ing, gim·lets
To make a hole in (something) with a gimlet.
Having a penetrating or piercing quality: gimlet eyes.
Origin of gimletMiddle English from Anglo-Norman guimbelet perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn diminutive of wimmel auger
(third-person singular simple present gimlets, present participle gimleting, simple past and past participle gimleted)
- To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).