Definitions for nimbleˈnɪm bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nim•bleˈnɪm bəl(adj.)-bler, -blest.

  1. quick and light in movement; agile:

    nimble feet.

  2. quick to understand, think, devise, etc.:

    a nimble mind.

  3. cleverly contrived:

    a nimble plot.

Origin of nimble:

bef. 1000; late ME nymel, earlier nemel, OE nǣmel capable =nǣm- (var. s. of niman to take; see nim ) +-el -le


Princeton's WordNet

  1. agile, nimble, quick, spry(adj)

    moving quickly and lightly

    "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"

  2. agile, nimble(adj)

    mentally quick

    "an agile mind"; "nimble wits"


  1. nimble(Adjective)

    Quick and light in movement or action.

    He was too nimble for the assailant and easily escaped his grasp.

  2. nimble(Adjective)

    Quick-witted and alert.

    She has a nimble mind and can improvise in any situation.

  3. Origin: From nymel, nemel, merger of næmel and numol, both from niman + -el, -ol. Compare German nehmen Gothic 033D0339033C0330033D, Old Norse nema. More at nim.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nimble

    light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift

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quick and light in movement

a nimble jump.

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