A growing assortment of words and definitions used in the Early Modern era. See the Guide for more information.
LetterFind:   Selected:  



(1) A gimlet; an auger. From the 13th century. Gilbert White in THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE (1789) said that a fieldmouse nibbles a hole with his teeth so regular as if drilled with a wimble. Hence, to wimble, to bore, to pierce; figuratively, to insinuate oneself into; William Leigh in THE CHRISTIAN'S WATCH said he did not know how this spirit hath entred and wimbled into your souls. (2) As an adjective: quick, nimble. Used 16th to 18th century; Edmund Spenser in THE SHEPHERD'S CALENDAR (1579; MARCH) says of Cupid: He was so wimble.
Colonial Sense is an advocate for global consumer privacy rights, protection and security.
All material on this website © copyright 2009-20 by Colonial Sense, except where otherwise indicated.