adjective nim·ble \ˈnim-bəl\

: able to move quickly, easily, and lightly

: able to learn and understand things quickly and easily

nim·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ nim·blest \-b(ə-)ləst\

Full Definition of NIMBLE

:  quick and light in motion :  agile <nimble fingers>
a :  marked by quick, alert, clever conception, comprehension, or resourcefulness <a nimble mind>
b :  responsive, sensitive <a nimble listener>
nim·ble·ness \-bəl-nəs\ noun
nim·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of NIMBLE

  1. <possessing a nimble wit, he always has a cutting comeback for any intended insult thrown his way>
  2. <her nimble fingers make knitting look so easy>

Origin of NIMBLE

Middle English nimel, from Old English numol holding much, from niman to take; akin to Old High German neman to take, Greek nemein to distribute, manage, nomos pasture, nomos usage, custom, law
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to NIMBLE

alert, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, exceptional, fast, hyperintelligent, keen, intelligent, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart
airheaded, birdbrained, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, stupid, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unbrilliant, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless
NIMBLY Defined for Kids


adjective nim·ble \ˈnim-bəl\

Definition of NIMBLE for Kids

:  quick and light in motion :  agile <a nimble dancer>
:  quick in understanding and learning :  clever <a nimble mind>
nim·ble·ness noun
nim·bly \-blē\ adverb <Then the vendors had to dodge nimbly to avoid being trampled under the heavy hooves … — Laurence Yep, Dragonwings>


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