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.

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 nimbleness

nimble

/ (ˈnɪmbəl) /

adjective

agile, quick, and neat in movementnimble fingers
alert; acutea nimble intellect
Derived Formsnimbleness, 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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Word Origin and History for nimbleness

nimble


adj.

"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."

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