- to steal or pilfer.
Origin of nim1
- 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.
Origin of nim2
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Contemporary Examples of nim
When she got him, she just decided she was going to have fun with Nim.
There, Nim lived out the rest of his days, dying in 2000 at age 26 from a heart attack.
There, Nim met Bob Ingersoll, a high-spirited University of Oklahoma student who worked at the facility.
A documentary film based on her recent book, Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human , will be released next year.Dog Books: Loving Dogs and Michael Vick’s Crimes Reviewed
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Historical Examples of nim
I venture to add, with all possible energy of asseveration, that I did that thing, Nim.Quodlibet
John P. Kennedy
Now, you hemp-strings, had you no time to nim us, but when we were upon our visits?A Select Collection of Old English Plays
They're all out lookin' for you—Nim, an' the whole "Corner" bodily.
But Nim had made off among the trees, grinning in every long tooth.
I ken he has his eye on Daisy Burn for Nim, ever sin' he saw the captain.
- 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
Word Origin 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.