Definition of thimble in English:



  • 1A metal or plastic cap with a closed end, worn to protect the finger and push the needle in sewing.

    • ‘With a reminder to use her thimble when she dealt with needles, Jemimah left.’
    • ‘Betty is a keen gardener, and she collects clowns, thimbles and candles.’
    • ‘They have come across thousands of objects ranging from Georgian coins and rings to thimbles and buckles, but this was their first big find.’
    • ‘Digitalis is derived from the Latin for ‘finger‘because the little flowers resemble a thimble.’
    • ‘In the palm of Clovis's hand, the cupcake looked the size of a thimble.’
    • ‘John, 46, runs the club with his wife, Chrissy, and has his thimbles on display there in glass cases.’
    • ‘To keep the nails in place, Ancient Egyptian embalmers sometimes either tied the nails to the fingers and toes, or covered them with metal thimbles.’
    • ‘Margret had always hated thimbles; useless things, they never stayed on the finger long enough to serve their purpose.’
    • ‘Peter and Wendy's conversation about kisses and thimbles and their mother-and-father role-playing leaves no doubt of their attraction to each other.’
    • ‘Many objects associated with domestic tool kits have changed relatively little over the past few centuries, such as thimbles, scissors, and other items used to produce clothing.’
    • ‘In Mary Anne's next letter, dated ix February 1880, her only reference to her job was that her employer had given her a silver thimble for Christmas.’
    • ‘A lot of customers had been foreign tourists to York, with Americans and Australians in particular snapping up mugs, plates, thimbles and shot glasses.’
    • ‘Mary was sitting on the bed, tapping her foot and humming a tune as she set her needles, thimble, and thread into a sack.’
    • ‘A mother pointed out to her daughter the sampler embroidered with the Ten Commandments, although the girl seemed more interested in thimbles.’
    • ‘There are comprehensive subcollections such as walking sticks, thimbles, minute ivory skulls, Chinese cloisonne enamel vessels, Oriental carpets, and Persian miniatures.’
    • ‘A dish called colcannon, made from cabbage, potatoes, and milk, was traditionally served on Halloween with a ring, coin, thimble, and button inserted into it.’
    • ‘They were the usual set tricks, such as making things disappear from under thimbles, and card and rope tricks.’
    • ‘Daily, a monitor or more advanced student, distributed to each girl in her class a pinafore to wear and a thimble, needle, thread, and materials for work.’
    • ‘What he knows about any part of the world would not fill a thimble.’
    • ‘In Kendal, a debate is going on as to the real name of the orange rubber thimble used by the counters to protect their index fingers.’
    1. 1.1A short metal tube or ferrule.
      • ‘First produced in 1876, it's immediately recognizable by the wiping rod held in thimbles beneath the barrel.’
      • ‘All the brass furniture including the buttplate, sideplate, ramrod thimbles, trigger guard, and patchbox were hand polished bright.’
      • ‘Two brown-finish thimbles under the barrel secure the wooden ramrod with its brass tip threaded for jag, worm, screw or other implement.’
      • ‘It rests in a stainless-steel thimble screwed to the bottom of the barrel.’
    2. 1.2Nautical A metal ring, concave on the outside, around which a loop of rope is spliced.


Old English thȳmel finger protector (see thumb, -le.).