\ ˈnim How to pronounce nim (audio) \
nimmed; nimming

Definition of nim

 (Entry 1 of 2)



Definition of nim (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of various games in which counters are laid out in one or more piles and each player in turn draws one or more counters with the object of taking the last counter, forcing the opponent to take it, or taking the most or fewest counters

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First Known Use of nim


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nim


earlier nim to take, from Middle English nimen, from Old English niman


probably from nim entry 1

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“Nim.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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