gimlety

gimlet

[gim-lit]
noun
1.
a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft with a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other.
2.
a cocktail made with gin or vodka, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes soda water.
verb (used with object)
3.
to pierce with or as if with a gimlet.
4.
Also, gimblet [gim-blit] . Nautical. to rotate (a suspended anchor) to a desired position.
adjective
5.
able to penetrate or bore through.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French guimbelet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wimmel wimble

gimlety, adjective
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gimlet (ˈɡɪmlɪt)
 
n
1.  a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
2.  (US) a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
3.  a eucalyptus of W Australia having a twisted bole
 
vb
4.  (tr) to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet
 
adj
5.  penetrating; piercing (esp in the phrase gimlet-eyed)
 
[C15: from Old French guimbelet, of Germanic origin, see wimble]

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gimlet
early 15c., from Anglo-Fr. guimbelet, perhaps from M.Du. wimmelkijn, dim. of wimmel "auger, drill." The meaning "cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice" is first attested 1928, presumably from its "penetrating" effects on the drinker.
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