1. a small boring tool with a handle at right angles to a shaft having at the other end a spiral, pointed cutting edge
2. a cocktail made of sweetened lime juice, gin or vodka, and sometimes soda
3. to make a hole in with or as with a gimlet
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Word origin of 'gimlet'
ME < OFr guimbelet
, altered (with dim. suffix -et
) < wimbelquin
< MDu wimmelkijn
+ dim. suffix -kijn