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)
- A game in which players take turns removing objects from heaps.
From Middle English nimen (“to take”), from Old English niman (“to take”), from Proto-Germanic *nemaną (“to take”), from Proto-Indo-European *neme- (“to give or take one's due”). Cognate with West Frisian nimme (“to take”), Low German nehmen (“to take”), Dutch nemen (“to take”), German nehmen (“to take”), Danish nemme (“to learn, grasp”). Related to numb, nimble.