nimble

adjective
nim·​ble | \ ˈnim-bəl How to pronounce nimble (audio) \
nimbler\ ˈnim-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce nimbler (audio) \; nimblest\ ˈnim-​b(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce nimblest (audio) \

Definition of nimble

1 : quick and light in motion : agile nimble fingers a nimble climber
2a : marked by quick, alert, clever conception (see conception sense 3), comprehension (see comprehension sense 1a), or resourcefulness a nimble mind nimble investors
b : responsive, sensitive a nimble listener nothing like playacting to make you nimble in your feelings— Mary Austin

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Other Words from nimble

nimbleness \ ˈnim-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce nimbleness (audio) \ noun
nimbly \ ˈnim-​blē How to pronounce nimbly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of nimble in a Sentence

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

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These funds are generally available only to employees, early clients and a few lucky others, part of an effort to limit their size and keep them nimble enough to continue racking up gains. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "These Hedge Funds Are Doing Great but Don’t Want Your Money," 29 July 2018 The change was part of an effort to keep Google nimble and innovative. New York Times, "Facebook to Reorganize After Scrutiny Over Data Privacy," 8 May 2018 Taylor Lewan is one of the league’s more nimble pass-blockers and also happens to play with a mean streak. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2014 Draft, Four Years Later," 8 May 2018 This is consistent with what other military officials have said, noting the future battlefield in space may require nimble deployment of smaller assets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 Fighting to keep the program nimble amidst growing competition from RealPlayer on one hand and Napster on the other, Winamp struggled with the introduction of video. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 The 64-year-old Lewis says the haircut keeps him feeling younger on the outside, and playing the card game of bridge keeps his brain nimble on the inside. Stephen Wade, Fox News, "Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'," 22 Aug. 2018 This club of the willing could prove a more nimble way of improving joint response to emergencies. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron leads a new effort on European defence," 27 June 2018 The proceedings brought into stark relief how San Francisco Bay Area innovation can be more nimble than Washington bureaucracy. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Senators vented at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but may leave it at that," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nimble

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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nimble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nimble

: able to move quickly, easily, and lightly
: able to learn and understand things quickly and easily

nimble

adjective
nim·​ble | \ ˈnim-bəl How to pronounce nimble (audio) \
nimbler; nimblest

Kids Definition of nimble

1 : quick and light in motion : agile a nimble dancer
2 : quick in understanding and learning : clever a nimble mind

Other Words from nimble

nimbleness noun
nimbly \ -​blē \ adverb Then the vendors had to dodge nimbly to avoid being trampled under the heavy hooves … — Laurence Yep, Dragonwings

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