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Webster 1913 Edition


Nimble

Nim′ble

(nĭm′b’l)
,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Nimbler
(nĭm′blẽr)
;
sup
erl.
Nimblest
(nĭm′blĕst)
.]
[OE.
nimel
, prob. orig., quick at seizing, fr.
nimen
to take, AS.
niman
; akin to D.
nemen
, G.
nehmen
, OHG.
neman
, Icel.
nema
, Goth.
nima
, and prob. to Gr.
νέμειν
to distribute. √ 7. Cf.
Nomand
,
Numb
.]
Light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift.
Through the mid seas the
nimble
pinnace sails.
Pope.
Nimble is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, nimble-footed, nimble-pinioned, nimble-winged, etc.
Nimble Will
(Bot.)
,
a slender, branching, American grass (
Muhlenbergia diffusa
), of some repute for grazing purposes in the Mississippi valley.
Syn. – Agile; quick; active; brisk; lively; prompt.

Webster 1828 Edition


Nimble

NIM'BLE

,
Adj.
Light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift. It is applied chiefly to motions of the feet and hands, sometimes to other things; as a nimble boy; the nimble-footed deer.
Through the mid seas the nimble pinnace sails.

Definition 2022


nimble

nimble

English

Adjective

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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