Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Archaic To steal; pilfer.
  • n. A game in which players in turn remove small objects from a collection, such as matchsticks arranged in rows, and attempt to take, or avoid taking, the last one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To take (in all senses); to seize.
  • v. To take one's way; to go.
  • v. To filch, steal.
  • v. To walk with short, quick strides; trip along.
  • n. A game in which players take turns removing objects from heaps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take; to steal; to filch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take; take in the hands; Jay hold of, in order to move, carry, or use.
  • To seize; seize upon; take away; remove; take unlawfully; filch; steal.
  • To conduct; lead.
  • To take to one's self; receive; accept; have.
  • To take: used in phrases corresponding in sense and nearly in form to ‘take the road,’ ‘take leave,’ ‘take advice,’ ‘take care,’ etc.
  • To begin.
  • To take; betake one's self; go.
  • To steal.
  • n. The margosa. See Melia. Also spelled neem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. game in which matchsticks are arranged in rows and players alternately remove one or more of them; in some versions the object is to take the last remaining matchstick on the table and in other versions the object is to avoid taking the last remaining matchstick on the table

Etymologies

Middle English nimen, to take, from Old English niman; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
Perhaps from German nimm, second person sing. imperative of nehmen, to take, from Middle High German nemen, from Old High German neman; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nimen ("to take"), from Old English niman ("to take"), from Proto-Germanic *nemanan (“to take”), from Proto-Indo-European *neme- (“to give or take ones due”). Cognate with West Frisian nimme ("to take"), Dutch nemen ("to take"), German nehmen ("to take"), Danish nemme ("to learn, grasp"). Related to numb, nimble. (Wiktionary)

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  • JM watches the antics of the nigmenogs as they nim from the citizens

    August 8, 2010