- 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 nimbleness
Well, you shall acquire your nimbleness and strength by playing what is worth playing.Michael
E. F. Benson
And I rubbed my hands, instantly pleased with myself and my nimbleness.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
It climbs trees and explores them with great ease and nimbleness.Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers
I took to my heels; but this was the vainest of stratagems, they beat me in nimbleness.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
By-and-by, according to their nimbleness, they are elevated to "layers-on."
- agile, quick, and neat in movementnimble fingers
- alert; acutea nimble intellect
Word Origin and History for nimbleness
"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."