[ nim-buhl ]
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adjective,nim·bler, nim·blest.
  1. quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.

  2. quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.

  1. cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.

Origin of nimble

First recorded 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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Opposites for nimble

Other words from nimble

  • nim·ble·ness, noun
  • nim·bly, adverb
  • un·nim·ble, adjective
  • un·nim·ble·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for nimble


/ (ˈnɪmbəl) /

  1. agile, quick, and neat in movement: nimble fingers

  2. alert; acute: a nimble intellect

Origin of nimble

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

Derived forms of nimble

  • nimbleness, noun
  • nimbly, adverb

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