Nimble
Nimble Nim"ble (n[i^]m"b'l), a. [Compar. {Nimbler} (n[i^]m"bl[~e]r); superl. {Nimblest} (n[i^]m"bl[e^]st).] [OE. nimel, prob. orig., quick at seizing, fr. nimen to take, AS. niman; akin to D. nemen, G. nehmen, OHG. neman, Icel. nema, Goth. nima, and prob. to Gr. ne`mein to distribute. [root] 7. Cf. {Nomand}, {Numb}.] Light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift. [1913 Webster]

Through the mid seas the nimble pinnace sails. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Note: Nimble is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, nimble-footed, nimble-pinioned, nimble-winged, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Nimble Will} (Bot.), a slender, branching, American grass ({Muhlenbergia diffusa}), of some repute for grazing purposes in the Mississippi valley. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Agile; quick; active; brisk; lively; prompt. [1913 Webster]


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