[aj-uhl, -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
Related formsag·ile·ly, adverbag·ile·ness, nounun·ag·ile, adjectiveun·ag·ile·ly, adverb

Synonyms for agile

Antonyms for agile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for agilely

Historical Examples of agilely

  • She climbed as agilely as she had run, and quickly gained the split crotch.

    Nobody's Child

    Elizabeth Dejeans

  • Agilely Kirkwood swung himself over the side of the fuselage and swarmed down one of the supporting struts to the broad float.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Percy waited until his foe was almost upon him, then agilely leaped to one side.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

  • Agilely Dacres swarmed up the swinging ladder and passed through the doorway.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

British Dictionary definitions for agilely



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 agilely



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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