agile

[ aj-uhl, -ahyl ]
/ ˈædʒ əl, -aɪl /

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.

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Origin of agile

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

OTHER WORDS FROM agile

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

Words nearby agile

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Example sentences from the Web for agilely

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

    The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
  • She climbed as agilely as she had run, and quickly gained the split crotch.

    Nobody's Child|Elizabeth Dejeans
  • Percy waited until his foe was almost upon him, then agilely leaped to one side.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman|Albert Walter Tolman

British Dictionary definitions for agilely

agile
/ (ˈædʒaɪl) /

adjective

quick in movement; nimble
mentally quick or acute

Derived forms of agile

agilely, adverbagility (əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for agile

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