From Middle English nymel, nemel (“capable”), merger of Old English nǣmel (“receptive, quick to grasp”) and Old English numol (“able to take, capable of holding”), both from niman (“to take”) + -el, -ol (associative suffix). Compare German nehmen Gothic 𐌽𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌽 (niman), Old Norse nema (“to take”). More at nim.
- Rhymes: -ɪmbəl
- Quick and light in movement or action.
- He was too nimble for the assailant and easily escaped his grasp.
- Quick-witted and alert.
- She has a nimble mind and can improvise in any situation.