Definition of nimble
1 : quick and light in motion : agile nimble fingers a nimble climber
2a : marked by quick, alert, clever conception (see conception 3), comprehension (see comprehension 1a), or resourcefulness a nimble mind nimble investorsb : responsive, sensitive a nimble listener nothing like playacting to make you nimble in your feelings — Mary Austin
nimblenessplay \ˈnim-bəl-nəs\ noun
nimblyplay \ˈnim-blē\ 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
Recent Examples of nimble from the Web
Two-strokes are nimble, fast, and fun—but also dirty and inefficient.
But questions remain about whether such an intervention would keep us mentally nimble, says Mr. Stickgold, who is also director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
The cast is as nimble and as profoundly theatrical as a show could hope for; the actors shift from role to role, language to language, accent to accent, old to young and back again.
The job requires someone adept at navigating Texas’ brand of full-contact politics and a nimble approach through the partisan squabbles in the state Capitol.
In an ideal world, drivers would be nimble and attentive and be able to keep an eye on several cars ahead of them, allowing the driver to react to various scenarios with a light tap on their brakes.
The proposal highlights a culture divide between the federal government and the private sector, from which Trump hails and which many conservatives laud as more nimble and effective than government bureaucracy.
As evidence that NATO is heeding his call to be more aggressive on terrorism, the president has cited an alliance decision last year to establish a high-level intelligence coordinator who could make the alliance more nimble in responding to threats.
Germany’s Lufthansa is considering stretching out deliveries of Boeing’s new 777X aircraft, concerned about the cost and size of the big jet as the aviation industry shifts to smaller, more nimble planes.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
NIMBLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of nimble for Students
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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