- 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
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Examples from the Web for agile
His silhouettes, which so often make a woman appear aerodynamic and agile, this season left her looking grounded and sluggish.Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten Kick Off Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week
March 1, 2012
Gingrich is a strong debater, agile enough even to turn a question about past marital infidelity into an applause line.Mitt Romney Faces High Stakes in NBC Debate With Surging Newt Gingrich
January 23, 2012
Instead, renegade Newt threw haymakers at also-rans like Michele Bachmann, but was still smart and agile enough to come out ahead.Paul Begala: Newt Obliterates the Competition in Saturday’s Debate
December 11, 2011
But like the organization he now runs, he is agile and adaptive.Bin Laden’s Replacement
June 16, 2011
Nonetheless, the group has proven remarkably resilient and agile.The Holiday Terror Jitters
December 20, 2010
In stature he was about five feet eleven inches, and was apparently as agile as a leopard.Ridgeway
She had neither the strength of limb nor the agile grace of the mountaineer.The Shadow of a Crime
The performers had been as agile then as now; but their agility had been free from any danger of a tumble.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
This is a chance for a young and agile torero to show his skill.
Nimble cried in reply, “Behold, how agile and entertaining I am!”
- quick in movement; nimble
- mentally quick or acute
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.