nimble

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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Adjective[edit]

nimble (comparative nimbler, superlative nimblest)

  1. Quick and light in movement or action.
    He was too nimble for the assailant and easily escaped his grasp.
  2. Quick-witted and alert.
    She has a nimble mind and can improvise in any situation.

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