adjective, nim·bler, nim·blest.
Origin of nimble
Examples from the Web for nimbleness
No man ever envies us the nimbleness by which we can elude logic and get at truth?The Joys of Being a Woman|Winifred Kirkland
This manner of drinking indicates strength, nimbleness, and alertness.The Syrian Christ|Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
They say it is very difficult to catch the cat, as it has all the nimbleness of its nature and the cleverness of a bhūt.
Her movements were very graceful; but I still watched her with disapproval, admiring, however, her nimbleness and activity.Annouchka|Ivan Sergheievitch Turgenef
Watching his opportunity, the man grasps one of these and transfers himself to it with the nimbleness of a monkey.Concerning Animals and Other Matters|E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
British Dictionary definitions for nimbleness
Word Origin for nimble
Word Origin and History for nimbleness
"agile, light-footed," c.1300, nemel, from Old English næmel "quick to grasp" (attested but once), related to niman "to take," from Proto-Germanic *nemanan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Dutch, Gothic niman, Old Norse nema, Old Frisian nima, German nehmen "to take"), from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot," also "to take" (cf. Greek nemein "to deal out," nemesis "just indignation," Latin numerus "number," Lithuanian nuoma "rent, interest," Middle Irish nos "custom, usage"). With excrescent -b- from c.1500 (cf. limb (n.1)). Related: Nimbleness. In 17c., English had nimblechaps "talkative fellow."