- 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 nÇ£mel (“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 ðŒ½ðŒ¹ðŒ¼ðŒ°ðŒ½ (niman), Old Norse nema (“to take"). More at nim.