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
Nimbly moving across rocky heights, mountain goats appear to defy gravity in
  their foraging.
Nimbly moving across rocky heights, mountain goats appear to defy gravity in
  their foraging.
Giant funds often struggle to find ways to produce outsize returns, because
  they are too big to move nimbly in and out of markets.
Using the commercial elastomer adhesives, the robot can already climb far more
  nimbly than any other robot.
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