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.


  1. nimble

    Nimble refers to the ability to move quickly, lightly, and easily or having the capacity to think, understand, and react quickly and cleverly. This term may apply to both physical agility and to the mental ability to grasp complex concepts swiftly.

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. Izaak Walton:

    Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.

  2. David Solomon:

    I can't tell you what the world's going to look like in six months. If the world looks more difficult, we'll adjust accordingly. We always try to be extremely nimble in how we think about these things.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    This will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign. (ISIS) is opportunistic and it is nimble.

  4. Rand Paul:

    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.

  5. Woody Allen:

    I'm 80 and I can't believe it ! i'm so youthful, agile, nimble, spry, mentally alert that it's astonishing.

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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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