What does nimble mean?

Definitions for nimble
ˈnɪm bəlnim·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agile, nimble, quick, spryadjective

    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, nimbleadjective

    mentally quick

    "an agile mind"; "nimble wits"


  1. nimbleadjective

    Quick and light in movement or action.

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

  2. nimbleadjective

    Quick-witted and alert.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nimbleadjective

    Quick; active; ready; speedy; lively; expeditious.

    Etymology: from nim, or numan , Saxon, tractable.

    They being nimbler-jointed than the rest,
    And more industrious, gathered more store. Edmund Spenser.

    You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
    Into her scornful eyes. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    You have dancing shoes
    With nimble soles. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    His off’ring soon propitious fire from heaven,
    Consum’d with nimble glance and grateful steam;
    The others not, for his was not sincere. John Milton, P. Lost.

    Thro’ the mid seas the nimble pinnace sails,
    Aloof from Crete before the northern gales. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nimble

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nimble

    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.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nimble in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nimble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of nimble in a Sentence

  1. Ted Whiteside:

    We need mobile forces nimble enough to come to the assistance of others.

  2. Barack Obama:

    This problem is not going to go away. It is going to accelerate. And that means that we have to be as nimble, as aggressive and as well-resourced as those who are trying to break into these systems.

  3. David Salisbury:

    I think the advantage is that The MHRA has been undertaking a rolling review, which means that as Pfizer accumulated data on how they manufactured the vaccine... The MHRA could keep pace with that, that has allowed The MHRA to be nimble and keep pace.

  4. Russell Worth Parker:

    The Team America folks are younger, faster, more nimble and vastly more knowledgeable about how to use social media and use the digital space to good effect. things were so chaotic.

  5. Federal Reserve:

    Inflation has obviously surprised to the upside over the past year, and further surprises could be in store, we therefore need to be nimble in responding to incoming data and the evolving outlook.

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  • رشيقArabic
  • àgilCatalan, Valencian
  • wendig, behänd, gelenkig, flink, schnellGerman
  • σβέλτος, ευκίνητος, εύστροφοςGreek
  • hábil, ágilSpanish
  • چابکPersian
  • ketterä, valpas, nopeaälyinen, vikkeläFinnish
  • vif, fulgurant, agile, leste, preste, viveFrench
  • éascaIrish
  • hajlékony, gyors, okos, fürge, ötletesHungarian
  • svelto, leggero, sveglio, pronto, agile, intelligente, versatileItalian
  • זָרִיזHebrew
  • inops agili peragitLatin
  • kakama, kamakama, tūkawikawiMāori
  • spits, gevat, lichtvoetig, wendbaar, behendig, alertDutch
  • rask, kjappNorwegian
  • zwinnyPolish
  • ágil, esperto, ligeiroPortuguese
  • agerRomanian
  • прово́рный, шу́стрый, нахо́дчивый, бы́стрый, сообрази́тельный, вёрткий, ло́вкийRussian
  • flink, lätt, vaken, snabbtänkt, ledig, snabb, kvick, pigg, smidig, livlig, vigSwedish
  • açıkgöz, atik, çevik, çabuklukTurkish
  • спритнийUkrainian
  • فرتیلاUrdu
  • 敏捷Chinese

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. epidemic
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. equivalent
    • D. contiguous

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