What’s that you say? You want posts about words, not about feelings? Oh, I weep for you cold-hearted lexiphiles, but here is a word: gimlet-eyed.
I finished William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition a few days ago, and it contained this passage, from the main character’s point of view:
- “He looks somewhat gimlet-eyed now, though maybe she’s misreading some Chinese-American nerd thing, an unabashed intensity of focus.”
As an adjective, the American Heritage Dictionary defines gimlet as:
- Having a penetrating or piercing quality: gimlet eyes.
- A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
A gimlet is also a drink:
- A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
The AHD etymology for gimlet:
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman guimbelet, perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, diminutive of wimmel, meaning auger.