Origin of nimPerhaps from German nimm, second person sing. imperative of nehmen, to take, from Middle High German nemen, from Old High German neman; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present nims, present participle nimming, simple past nimmed or nam, past participle nimmed, nomen, num or numb)
From Middle English nimen (â€œto takeâ€), from Old English niman (â€œto takeâ€), from Proto-Germanic *nemanÄ… (â€œto takeâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *neme- (â€œto give or take one's dueâ€). Cognate with West Frisian nimme (â€œto takeâ€), Low German nehmen (â€œto takeâ€), Dutch nemen (â€œto takeâ€), German nehmen (â€œto takeâ€), Danish nemme (â€œto learn, graspâ€). Related to numb, nimble.