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verb (used with or without object), nimmed, nim·ming. Archaic.
  1. to steal or pilfer.
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Origin of nim1

before 900; Middle English nimen, Old English niman, cognate with German nehmen, Old Norse nema, Gothic niman to take; cf. numb


  1. a game in which two players alternate in drawing counters, pennies, or the like, from a set of 12 arranged in three rows of 3, 4, and 5 counters, respectively, the object being to draw the last counter, or, sometimes, to avoid drawing it.
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Origin of nim2

First recorded in 1900–05; special use of nim1
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  • I venture to add, with all possible energy of asseveration, that I did that thing, Nim.


    John P. Kennedy

  • Now, you hemp-strings, had you no time to nim us, but when we were upon our visits?

  • They're all out lookin' for you—Nim, an' the whole "Corner" bodily.

    Cedar Creek

    Elizabeth Hely Walshe

  • But Nim had made off among the trees, grinning in every long tooth.

    Cedar Creek

    Elizabeth Hely Walshe

  • I ken he has his eye on Daisy Burn for Nim, ever sin' he saw the captain.

    Cedar Creek

    Elizabeth Hely Walshe

British Dictionary definitions for nim


  1. a game in which two players alternately remove one or more small items, such as matchsticks, from one of several rows or piles, the object being to take (or avoid taking) the last item remaining on the table
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from archaic nim to take, from Old English niman
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Word Origin and History for nim


"to take, to steal" (archaic), Old English niman "to take, accept, receive, grasp, catch" (cf. Old Frisian nima, Middle Dutch nemen, German nehmen, Gothic niman; see nimble). The native word, replaced by Scandinavian-derived take (v.) and out of use from c.1500 except in slang sense of "to steal," which endured into 19c.

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