nimble

[nim-buhl]
adjective, nimbler, nimblest.
1.
quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.
2.
quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.
3.
cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.

Origin:
before 1000; late Middle English nymel, earlier nemel, Old English nǣmel capable, equivalent to nǣm- (variant stem of niman to take; see nim1) + -el -le

nimbleness, noun
nimbly, adverb
unnimble, adjective
unnimbleness, noun
unnimbly, adverb


1. lively, brisk, swift. 2. alert.


1. clumsy.
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nimble (ˈnɪmbəl)
 
adj
1.  agile, quick, and neat in movement: nimble fingers
2.  alert; acute: a nimble intellect
 
[Old English nǣmel quick to grasp, and numol quick at seizing, both from niman to take]
 
'nimbleness
 
n
 
'nimbly
 
adv

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nimble
"agile, light-footed," c.1300, nemel, from O.E. næmel "quick to grasp" (attested only once), related to niman "to take," from P.Gmc. *nemanan (cf. O.Du., Goth. niman, O.N. nema, O.Fris. nima, Ger. nehmen "to take"), from PIE base *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (cf. Gk. nemein "to deal out,"
nemesis "just indignation," L. numerus "number," Lith. nuoma "rent, interest," M.Ir. nos "custom, usage"). With excrescent -b- from c.1500 (cf. limb).
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Example sentences
Touch-screen technology has become wildly popular, thanks to smart phones
  designed for nimble fingers.
That's hard to believe from someone so nimble.
My brain just isn't nimble enough for that.
Rosen's deep knowledge of basketball history and his nimble prose make this
  bittersweet sports novel a light swish.
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