Other Word Forms of Gimlet
Origin of Gimlet
The name "gimlet" comes from the Old French guinbelet, guimbelet, later guibelet, probably a diminutive of the Anglo-French "wimble", a variation of "guimble", from the Middle Low German wiemel, compare the Scandinavian wammie, to bore or twist; the modern French is gibelet.
Middle English from Anglo-Norman guimbelet perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn diminutive of wimmel auger
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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