nim

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[nim]
noun
  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.

Origin of nim

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First recorded in 1900–05; special use of nim1
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British Dictionary definitions for nim's

nim

noun
  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

Word Origin for nim

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

nim

v.

"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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