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    Cool Gimble

    A character is named Garth the Gimble. Is this Gimble something in English. I'm not able to find the word at any dictionary

    Thanks

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    Re: Gimble

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    A character is named Garth the Gimble. Is this Gimble something in English. I'm not able to find the word at any dictionary

    Thanks
    There is a very obscure verb "to gimble about" in BrE, which means to walk around aimlessly. I don't know if that helps.

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    Cool Re: Gimble

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is a very obscure verb "to gimble about" in BrE, which means to walk around aimlessly. I don't know if that helps.
    Thank You but I'm afraid this character is from the underground of the city, a criminal. This meaning doesn't seem to fit fully. Walking around is fine, but aimlessly...

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    Re: Gimble

    I think the word "gimble" was invented by Edward Lear the humorist. In the poem Jabberwocky he has: "'twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. It is a nonsense poem containing several nonsense words.


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    Re: Gimble

    (Not a teacher)

    If we are taking it to be 'gimble' from the 'Jabberwocky' poem from 'Through the Looking Glass', then Humpty Dumpty tells us what it is:

    Alice: 'And what's the "gyre" and to "gimble"?'

    Humpty Dumpty: 'To "gyre" is to go round and round like a gyroscope. To "gimble" is to make holes like a gimlet.'
    Note that it is a nonsense word.

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