agile

[aj-uhl, -ahyl]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. agh.,
  2. agha,
  3. aghast,
  4. agi,
  5. agilawood,
  6. agilely,
  7. agility,
  8. agin,
  9. agincourt,
  10. aging

Origin of agile

1570–80; earlier agil < Latin agilis, equivalent to ag- (base of agere to do) + -ilis -ile

Related formsag·ile·ly, adverbag·ile·ness, nounun·ag·ile, adjectiveun·ag·ile·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for agile

agile

adjective

quick in movement; nimble
mentally quick or acute
Derived Formsagilely, adverbagility (əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for agile

C15: from Latin agilis, from agere to do, act

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Word Origin and History for agile

agile

adj.

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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