Sailor Speak of the Week – Gimlet



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


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


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


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

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