For me, ‘thimble’ is a funny word. If I say it over and over it sounds funnier and funnier. Do other people do that? I mean, find a word that is vaguely amusing and then keep repeating it until it becomes total nonsense or hysterically funny? Anyway, it is a good way to smile. However, I don’t recommend doing this activity in public.
I use a thimble when I sew. My thimble is not a fancy one like the ones pictured, rather, it is a utilitarian thimble. I’ve had it for years. Recently, I was putting up the hem on my oldest grand daughter’s school uniform, closely watched by my youngest grand daughter. Lily hadn’t seen a thimble before and was quizzing me about it. “What is it, Gran?” “What does it do?” “Why do you have to wear it on your finger?” and so on and so forth.
This is what my run-of-the-mill thimble looks like.
My on-line dictionary defines thimble thus, thimble |ˈθɪmb(ə)l|
noun: a small metal or plastic cap with a closed end, worn to protect the finger and push the needle in sewing. That just about sums it up! Wiki goes into a lot more detail, mostly superfluous, “This article is about the protective shield worn on the finger or thumb …”
I can remember playing Hunt the Thimble when I was a child. The rules went something like this: All the children would leave the room bar one. The child who stayed in the room would hide the thimble. Once the others returned the hider would say “hot” when someone was near to finding it and “cold” as they moved away. I don’t suppose children play that much anymore? Maybe, Hide the iPhone has replaced it? It would be easier to find an iPhone – unless it was turned off.
I did have a plastic thimble once but it wore out. A thimble with a hole in the top is useless as the needle will always find the hole and pierce your finger.