Definition of nimble adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɪmbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪmbl//
    BrE BrE//ˈnɪmblə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪmblər//
    , nimblest
    BrE BrE//ˈnɪmblɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪmblɪst//
    Position and movement
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  1. 1able to move quickly and easily synonym agile You need nimble fingers for that job. She was extremely nimble on her feet. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2(of the mind) able to think and understand quickly
  3. Word OriginOld English nǣmel ‘quick to seize or comprehend’, related to niman ‘take’, of Germanic origin. The -b- was added for ease of pronunciation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nimble