What does wimble mean?

Definitions for wimble
ˈwɪm bəlwim·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. auger, gimlet, screw auger, wimblenoun

    hand tool for boring holes


  1. wimblenoun

    Any of various hand tools for boring holes.

  2. wimbleverb

    To truss hay with a wimble.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wimbleadjective

    Active; nimble; shifting to and fro. Such seems to be the meaning here.

    He was so wimble and so wight,
    From bough to bough he leaped light,
    And oft the pumies latched:
    Therewith afraid I ran away;
    But he that earst seem’d but to play,
    A shaft in earnest snatched. Edmund Spenser.

  2. Wimblenoun

    An instrument with which holes are bored.

    Etymology: wimpel, old Dutch, from wemelen, to bore.

    At harvest-home, trembling to approach
    The little barrel, which he fears to broach:
    He ’says the wimble, often draws it back,
    And deals to thirsty servants but a smack. Dryd.

    As when a shipwright stands his workmen o’er,
    Who plye the wimble some huge beam to bore;
    Urg’d on all hands it nimbly spins about,
    The grain deep-piercing till it scoops it out. Alexander Pope.

    The trepan is like a wimble, used by joiners. Samuel Sharp.


  1. wimble

    A gimlet is a hand tool for drilling small holes, mainly in wood, without splitting. It was defined in Joseph Gwilt's Architecture (1859) as "a piece of steel of a semi-cylindrical form, hollow on one side, having a cross handle at one end and a worm or screw at the other".A gimlet is always a small tool. A similar tool of larger size is called an auger. The cutting action of the gimlet is slightly different from an auger and the initial hole it makes is smaller; the cutting edges pare away the wood, which is moved out by the spiral sides, falling out through the entry hole. This also pulls the gimlet farther into the hole as it is turned; unlike a bradawl, pressure is not required once the tip has been drawn in. 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 (cf. the Scandinavian wammie, 'to bore or twist'). Modern French uses the term vrille, also the French for "tendril".


  1. wimble

    A wimble is a hand tool, similar to a drill, used for boring holes in materials such as wood. It typically consists of a sharp pointed object mounted on a handle which is rotated to cut into the material.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wimblenoun

    an instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle

  2. Wimblenoun

    a gimlet

  3. Wimblenoun

    a stonecutter's brace for boring holes in stone

  4. Wimblenoun

    an auger used for boring in earth

  5. Wimbleverb

    to bore or pierce, as with a wimble

  6. Wimbleadjective

    active; nimble

  7. Etymology: [OE. wimbil; akin to Dan. vimmel, OD. wemelen to bore. Cf. Gimlet.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wimble

    wim′bl, n. an instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle.—v.t. to bore through with such. [Scand., Dan. vimmel, auger; conn. with Old Dut. weme, a wimble, and wemelen, to whirl.]

  2. Wimble

    wim′bl, adj. (Spens.) active, nimble. [Sw. vimmel, giddy—vima, to be giddy; allied to whim.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wimble

    The borer of a carpenter's centre-bit.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wimble is ranked #93513 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wimble surname appeared 196 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wimble.

    95.9% or 188 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wimble in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wimble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1


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