nimble

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adjective nim·ble \ˈnim-bəl\

Definition of nimble

nimbler

play \ˈnim-b(ə-)lər\;

nimblest

play \ˈnim-b(ə-)ləst\
  1. 1 :  quick and light in motion :  agile <nimble fingers> <a nimble climber>

  2. 2a :  marked by quick, alert, clever conception (see conception 3), comprehension (see comprehension 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>

nimbleness

play \ˈnim-bəl-nəs\ noun

nimbly

play \ˈnim-blē\ adverb

Examples of nimble in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


NIMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

nimble

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adjective nim·ble \ˈnim-bəl\

Definition of nimble for English Language Learners

  • : able to move quickly, easily, and lightly

  • : able to learn and understand things quickly and easily


NIMBLE Defined for Kids

nimble

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adjective nim·ble \ˈnim-bəl\

Definition of nimble for Students

nimbler

nimblest

  1. 1 :  quick and light in motion :  agile <a nimble dancer>

  2. 2 :  quick in understanding and learning :  clever <a nimble mind>

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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