What is the difference between Gimlet and Martini?

The difference between gimlet and martini

is that “gimlet” is a small screw-tipped tool for boring holes and “martini” is a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth.




  • A small screw-tipped tool for boring holes.
  • A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.


  • Coordinate terms: auger, awl, drill
  • The box was close on every side, with a little door for me to go in and out, and a few gimlet holes to let in air.
  • I would find by the edge of that water / The collar-bone of a hare / Worn thin by the lapping of water, / And pierce it through with a gimlet and stare […]
  • Coordinate term: martini
  • We sat in a corner of the bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. “They don’t know how to make them here," he said. “What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow."
  • Yeah, a piece of advice — once you’re back in circulation, don’t keep topping off a lady’s vodka gimlet when she’s not looking.
  • By seven, dinner was under way, and a bottle of vodka gimlets and one of martinis were in the freezer, chilling.


  • To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).
  • (nautical, transitive) To turn round (an anchor) as if turning a gimlet.


  • A cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth.
  • (sometimes proscribed) Any cocktail served in a cocktail glass, often sweet or fruity and aimed at women.


  • martinus (hypercorrect, humorous)


  • Will you join us at six o’clock for martinis?
  • My boss is out on another of his three-martini lunches.
  • I love the chocolate martinis at Trendy Bar!