nimble

[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.
  3. 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
Related formsnim·ble·ness, nounnim·bly, adverbun·nim·ble, adjectiveun·nim·ble·ness, nounun·nim·b·ly, adverb

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Antonyms for nimble

1. clumsy.
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Related Words for nimbly

gracefully, agilely, rapidly

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British Dictionary definitions for nimbly

nimble

adjective
  1. agile, quick, and neat in movementnimble fingers
  2. 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 nimbly
adv.

mid-14c., from nimble + -ly (adv.).

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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