Origin of nim
- Perhaps from German nimm second person sing. imperative of nehmen to take from Middle High German nemen from Old High German neman nem- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English nimen (“to take"), from Old English niman (“to take"), from Proto-Germanic *nemanÄ… (“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.