adjective, nim·bler, nim·blest.
- nilsson, birgit,
- nim tree,
- nimbus clouds
Origin of nimble
Examples from the Web for nimbler
Paddle8 works better than a smaller regional auction house because it is nimbler and its costs—to the seller and buyer—are lower.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Under its soft-spoken CEO and Chairman Gary Barber, the studio has emerged from bankruptcy, stronger and nimbler than before.Inside MGM’s Surprising Turnaround: ‘Robocop,’ ‘Bond,’ and ‘The Hobbit’|The Wrap|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the hardest-hit areas, smaller and nimbler groups are playing key relief roles, report Lizzie Crocker and Caitlin Dickson.After Sandy, the American Red Cross Collects Both Criticism and Cash|Lizzie Crocker, Caitlin Dickson|November 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Rumor hath a nimbler foot than a mule, young officer;" answered the honest guide.The Headsman|James Fenimore Cooper
No Deerfoot could have been nimbler than Samson must have been on this mighty day.English Secularism|George Jacob Holyoake
John, younger and nimbler, "outran Peter and came first to the tomb."A Life of St. John for the Young|George Ludington Weed
He was stronger than the bear, he was swifter than the deer, he was nimbler than the mountain-cat or the panther.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)|James Athearn Jones
Your eyes are sharper, and your hands are nimbler than mine, so take this measure!
Word Origin for nimble
"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."