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"
"an agile mind"; "nimble wits"
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.
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.
light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nim′bl, adj. light and quick in motion: active: swift.—adjs. Nim′ble-fing′ered, skilful with the fingers, thievish; Nim′ble-foot′ed, swift of foot.—ns. Nim′bleness, Nim′bless (Spens.), quickness of motion either in body or mind.—adj. Nim′ble-wit′ted, quick-witted.—adv. Nim′bly. [M. E. nimel—A.S. niman, to catch; cf. Ger. nehmen.]
The numerical value of nimble in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of nimble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
It is definitely kind of crazy starting a small beverage company to compete with Coke and Pepsi, but as a small player we are much more nimble and much more in touch with consumers.
They will be playing the 'short' side via the ETF. Hedge funds are pretty nimble, they can get in and out of these things pretty fast, but there is a large 'short' overlay on Greece.
We need a national defense robust enough to defend against all attacks, modern enough to deter all enemies and nimble enough to defend our vital interests, but we also need a foreign policy that protects American interests and encourages stability, not chaos.
In a world in which pace is inexorably increasing ... the military’s current approach to harnessing complexity is outdated and inadequate, and risks leaving the nation vulnerable to adversaries developing more nimble means of adopting the latest technologies.
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Translations for nimble
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- àgilCatalan, Valencian
- behänd, gelenkig, wendig, flink, schnellGerman
- εύστροφος, σβέλτος, ευκίνητοςGreek
- ágil, hábilSpanish
- valpas, nopeaälyinen, vikkelä, ketteräFinnish
- fulgurant, vive, preste, leste, agile, vifFrench
- fürge, ötletes, okos, gyors, hajlékonyHungarian
- pronto, leggero, sveglio, svelto, intelligente, agile, versatileItalian
- kamakama, tūkawikawi, kakamaMāori
- alert, behendig, gevat, wendbaar, spits, lichtvoetigDutch
- kjapp, raskNorwegian
- ágil, ligeiro, espertoPortuguese
- прово́рный, бы́стрый, ло́вкий, сообрази́тельный, шу́стрый, нахо́дчивый, вёрткийRussian
- lätt, vaken, snabbtänkt, snabb, kvick, smidig, livlig, flink, vig, pigg, ledigSwedish
- çevik, açıkgöz, çabukluk, atikTurkish
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