nim

nim

1 [nim]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), nimmed, nimming. Archaic.
to steal or pilfer.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English nimen, Old English niman, cognate with German nehmen, Old Norse nema, Gothic niman to take; cf. numb

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nim

2 [nim]
noun
a game in which two players alternate in drawing counters, pennies, or the like, from a set of 12 arranged in three rows of 3, 4, and 5 counters, respectively, the object being to draw the last counter, or, sometimes, to avoid drawing it.

Origin:
1900–05; special use of nim1

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nim (nɪm)
 
n
a game in which two players alternately remove one or more small items, such as matchsticks, from one of several rows or piles, the object being to take (or avoid taking) the last item remaining on the table
 
[C20: perhaps from archaic nim to take, from Old English niman]

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