nimble

[ nim-buhl ]
/ ˈnɪm bəl /

adjective, nim·bler, nim·blest.

quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.
quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.
cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.

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Origin of nimble

before 1000; late Middle English nymel, earlier nemel,Old English nǣmel capable, equivalent to nǣm- (variant stem of niman to take; see nim1) + -el-le

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British Dictionary definitions for nimble

nimble
/ (ˈnɪmbəl) /

adjective

agile, quick, and neat in movementnimble fingers
alert; acutea nimble intellect

Derived forms of nimble

nimbleness, nounnimbly, adverb

Word Origin for nimble

Old English nǣmel quick to grasp, and numol quick at seizing, both from niman to take
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