- quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.
- quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.
- cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.
Origin of nimble
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Examples from the Web for nimble
It zips like all comedies seem to zip today, quick and nimble, its tone affectionate snark.Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
October 3, 2014
The best politics here is to be principled, nimble, and shrewd.Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
March 17, 2014
“Indies have low overhead, are nimble, and rarely work by committees,” Spillman says.Are Indie Presses the Minor Leagues of Publishing?
June 13, 2013
The U.S. appears slow-witted on this, and the Qataris appear quick and nimble.Qatar Sends Aid Money to Help Egypt
April 11, 2013
A successful challenger is a speedboat, nimble and opportunistic.Democrats Jittery Over Obama’s Sputtering 2012 Campaign
June 8, 2012
She longed to give it to Nimble Dick; he had saved her from so much this morning.
When had Nimble Dick lost an opportunity for fun at the expense of another?
This from the leader, who in time came to be known as "Nimble Dick."
Her face was so distressed that Linda's nimble brain flew to a conclusion.Her Father's Daughter
He was at that time slender, nimble, and full of youthful ardour.My Double Life
- agile, quick, and neat in movementnimble fingers
- alert; acutea nimble intellect
Word Origin and History for nimble
"agile, light-footed," c.1300, nemel, from Old English næmel "quick to grasp" (attested but once), related to niman "to take," from Proto-Germanic *nemanan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Dutch, Gothic niman, Old Norse nema, Old Frisian nima, German nehmen "to take"), from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot," also "to take" (cf. Greek nemein "to deal out," nemesis "just indignation," Latin numerus "number," Lithuanian nuoma "rent, interest," Middle Irish nos "custom, usage"). With excrescent -b- from c.1500 (cf. limb (n.1)). Related: Nimbleness. In 17c., English had nimblechaps "talkative fellow."