from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Quick, light, or agile in movement or action; deft: nimble fingers. See Synonyms at dexterous.
- adj. Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding: nimble wits.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Quick and light in movement or action.
- adj. Quick-witted and alert.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Light and quick in motion; active; moving with ease and celerity; marked by ease and rapidity of motion; lively; swift.
- Keen; sharp.
- Quick to apprehend; apprehensive; acute; penetrating.
- Synonyms Light, brisk, expeditious, speedy, spry; Nimble, Agile. The last two words express lightness and quickness in motion, the former being more suggestive of the use of the feet, the latter of that of the whole lower limbs.
- Fresh or strong: applied to tanliquor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. moving quickly and lightly
- adj. mentally quick
Middle English nemel, from Old English nǣmel, quick to seize and numol, quick at learning; see nem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nymel, nemel ("capable"), merger of Old English nǣmel ("receptive, quick to grasp") and Old English numol ("able to take, capable of holding"), both from niman ("to take") + -el, -ol (associative suffix). Compare German nehmen Gothic 𐌽𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌽 (niman), Old Norse nema ("to take"). More at nim. (Wiktionary)