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[aj-uh l, -ahyl] /ˈædʒ əl, -aɪl/
quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe:
an agile leap.
active; lively:
an agile person.
marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware:
She's 95 and still very agile.
Origin of agile
1570-80; earlier agil < Latin agilis, equivalent to ag- (base of agere to do) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
agilely, adverb
agileness, noun
unagile, adjective
unagilely, adverb
1. nimble, sprightly. 2. brisk, spry.
1. awkward. 2. sluggish, lethargic. Unabridged
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  • With a spring agile as a panthers he threw himself against the door.

  • He was nearly eighteen, was "man grown," strong as a lion, and agile as a deer.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • It used to be very agile, if light, but it was not agile now.

    A Pair of Patient Lovers William Dean Howells
  • Langham was silent, watching the movements of the girl's agile fingers.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • An agile boy, armed with a lantern, climbed each tree, and explored even the topmost branches.

    Monsieur Lecoq, v.1 Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for agile


quick in movement; nimble
mentally quick or acute
Derived Forms
agilely, adverb
agility (əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin agilis, from agere to do, act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for agile

1580s, from Middle French agile (14c.) and directly from Latin agilis "nimble, quick," from agere "to move, drive" (see act (n.)). Related: Agilely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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