- a small cap of metal, plastic, etc. worn as a protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing
- anything like this; esp., a metal ring with a groove on the outside, inserted in a loop of rope to add strength and prevent wear
Origin of thimbleMiddle English thimbel (with unhistoric -b-) from Old English thymel, thumbstall from thuma, thumb + -el, diminutive suffix
- A hard, usually pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing.
- Any of various tubular sockets or sleeves in machinery.
- Nautical a. A metal ring fitted in an eye of a sail to prevent chafing.b. A metal ring around which a rope splice is passed.
Origin of thimbleMiddle English thimbil alteration of Old English thémel leather finger covering from thūma thumb ; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
top: sewing thimble
bottom: rope thimble
From Old English Ã¾È³mel, corresponding to thumb +"Ž -le.