[aj-uh l, -ahyl]
- 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
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1. nimble, sprightly. 2. brisk, spry.
1. awkward. 2. sluggish, lethargic.
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- quick in movement; nimble
- mentally quick or acute
C15: from Latin agilis, from agere to do, act
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Word Origin and History for agileness
1580s, from Middle French agile (14c.) and directly from Latin agilis "nimble, quick," from agere "to move, drive" (see act (n.)). Related: Agilely.
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