Sailor Speak of the Week – Gimlet

Definition

Verb

  • (AKA gimbet) To turn the anchor when heading to sea.

Origin

Probably the 15th century. Possibly from the Norman word guinblet, meaning to turn.

Comments

Somewhat of an obscure term, especially to the landlubber. However, the anchor does need to clear the seabed before you’re officially underway.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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