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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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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