- 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 nimbler
Paddle8 works better than a smaller regional auction house because it is nimbler and its costs—to the seller and buyer—are lower.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
Under its soft-spoken CEO and Chairman Gary Barber, the studio has emerged from bankruptcy, stronger and nimbler than before.Inside MGM’s Surprising Turnaround: ‘Robocop,’ ‘Bond,’ and ‘The Hobbit’
February 16, 2014
In the hardest-hit areas, smaller and nimbler groups are playing key relief roles, report Lizzie Crocker and Caitlin Dickson.After Sandy, the American Red Cross Collects Both Criticism and Cash
Lizzie Crocker, Caitlin Dickson
November 24, 2012
But Haig was 46 as much the quicker in action as he was the nimbler in wit.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
She had a truer eye and nimbler fingers than either of the others.Chicken Little Jane
Lily Munsell Ritchie
No Deerfoot could have been nimbler than Samson must have been on this mighty day.English Secularism
George Jacob Holyoake
Rather, it seemed to spur his feet, his hands and his mouth to nimbler activity.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
John, younger and nimbler, "outran Peter and came first to the tomb."A Life of St. John for the Young
George Ludington Weed
- agile, quick, and neat in movementnimble fingers
- alert; acutea nimble intellect
Word Origin and History for nimbler
"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."