Nimble definition

nĭmbəl
Moving quickly and lightly.
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Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding.

Nimble wits.

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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.

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Quick and light in movement or action.

He was too nimble for the assailant and easily escaped his grasp.

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She has a nimble mind and can improvise in any situation.

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Quick, light, or agile in movement or action; deft.

Nimble fingers.

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Mentally quick; quick-witted; alert.

A nimble mind.

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(rare) Showing mental quickness.

A nimble reply.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
nimble
Comparative:
nimbler
Superlative:
nimblest

Origin of nimble

  • Middle English nemel from Old English nǣmel quick to seize numol quick at learning nem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 𐌽𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌽 (niman), Old Norse nema (“to take"). More at nim.

    From Wiktionary