- The definition of nimble is someone who is spry, and quick to move or understand.
- An example of someone who would be described as nimble is a gymnast who is graceful and flexible.
- An example of someone who would be described as nimble is someone who grasps concepts quickly and understands things the first time they are explained.
A very nimble man.
- mentally quick; quick-witted; alert: a nimble mind
- Rare showing mental quickness: a nimble reply
- moving quickly and lightly
Origin of nimblewith intrusive -b- ; from Middle English nimmel ; from Old English numol ; from niman, to take (see nim): basic sense “capable of taking”
- Quick, light, or agile in movement or action; deft: nimble fingers.
- Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding: nimble wits. See Synonyms at dexterous.
Origin of nimbleMiddle English nemel, from Old English n&aemac;mel, quick to seize and numol, quick at learning; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative nimbler, superlative nimblest)
From Middle English nymel, nemel (“capable”), merger of Old English nǣmel (“receptive, quick to grasp”) and Old English numol (“able to take, capable of holding”), both from niman (“to take”) + -el, -ol (associative suffix). Compare German nehmen Gothic (niman), Old Norse nema (“to take”). More at nim.