nim

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

Definition of nim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

nim

noun

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

First Known Use of nim

Verb

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

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nim

Verb

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

Noun

probably from nim entry 1

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“Nim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nim. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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