Definition of nimble in English:

nimble

adjective

  • 1Quick and light in movement or action; agile.

    ‘with a deft motion of her nimble fingers’
    • ‘He exuded class, confidence and style and for a heavily-built man was very agile and nimble.’
    • ‘I suppose I had the quick nimble fingers that it took to form the beautiful pieces.’
    • ‘His job as a computer technician meant that he had nimble, quick hands and long lean fingers.’
    • ‘The design was supposed to be an improvement on the VX with the same sink rate, but a lighter, more nimble glider.’
    • ‘She has now become nimble and agile with the experience of dodging through traffic, avoiding moving vehicles, where she taps pleadingly at windows.’
    • ‘Julius disagreed, pointing out how nimble and light mice were, especially the young ones, and suggested that peanut butter would produce better results.’
    • ‘My hands are bigger, and more adroit, with nimble fingers that can tie shoes, unwrap candies, and get the sand out from between my toes before we leave the beach.’
    • ‘Jake lit a fire, his nimble, practised fingers deftly arranging and lighting the wood.’
    • ‘The magician does special exercises to keep his fingers nimble and body agile.’
    • ‘Her nimble, agile body tense and ready, she pressed her feet into Jeff's shoulders.’
    • ‘In the demo, you are placed behind the controls of two different spacecraft, a light and nimble fighter and a large, cumbersome but powerful gunship.’
    • ‘Tires that have a folding, or Kevlar, bead are lighter and more nimble than those that have steel beads.’
    • ‘However, the Astra is such an agile and nimble car that you may very well avoid an accident altogether.’
    • ‘He shows me his work, telling me it takes half a day to make a hammock, though his fingers are not as nimble as they were.’
    • ‘The boy jumped up onto his bed with nimble movement, holding the insulation in his mouth while rummaging the pouch in his hand for a normal wrench.’
    • ‘His free arm moved to the pouches on her belt, his fingers deft and nimble as a squirrel as he purloined some component.’
    • ‘The Gallardo not only goes like the big league supercars, but also manages to handle like a light nimble sportscar, which came as a huge surprise.’
    • ‘He did everything in his power to outrun us, especially after he saw the camera, but the Kia was no match lot the lighter, more nimble Prius.’
    • ‘The figure continued making his way down the house by grabbing appropriate ledges, and footholds from the balcony in a nimble movement.’
    • ‘The dexterity of his nimble fingers forced the spotlight on him when he was just five years old.’
    agile, lithe, sprightly, acrobatic, light-footed, nimble-footed, light, light on one's feet, fleet-footed, spry, lively, active, quick, quick-moving, graceful, supple, limber, lissom, flexible, skilful, deft, dexterous, adroit
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    1. 1.1(of the mind) able to think and understand quickly.
      ‘her mind was so nimble and she was so quick to learn’
      • ‘Despite this he had piercing azure eyes, that hinted at his sharp and nimble mind.’
      • ‘But, he also had a lively and nimble mind that could flexibly adapt to situations and people.’
      • ‘With a nimble mind and able pen, he had thus far survived this era of religious reform and an uneasy succession, but this particular defeat was the opportunity his enemies at court were awaiting.’
      • ‘Making sense of this movie is a feat that requires a nimble mind and a fertile imagination.’
      • ‘His normally nimble mind hums to a halt, his jaw goes slack and twin rivulets of spittle suavely course down each corner of his mouth.’
      • ‘And let's not forget a nimble mind's required to go along with the dexterity.’
      • ‘Her mind worked quickly as her gaze stayed locked with his, thinking up some excuse, but even her mind wasn't that nimble.’
      • ‘The veteran Argentine is such a willing worker, and it is his nimble mind, as well as fast feet, which ensures he is still such an entertaining performer so late in a remarkable career.’
      • ‘With his rubbery frame and vertical hair, Bob Kingdom looks right for the role, and we catch a glimpse of Laurel's nimble mind when he informs us that ‘a myth is a moth's sister’.’
      • ‘He has produced a set of seven steps to keep your mind nimble, steps which may even postpone the onset of dementia, but which at least will probably give your mind a lift.’
      • ‘The quick end to the war brought the angle to a merciful conclusion and McMahon shifted his nimble mind to the pursuit of other angles.’
      • ‘And he has a nimble mind, which is evident in the curious eyes and the arched eyebrows that seem to reach almost to his black turban as he listens to questions.’
      • ‘It'll take nimble minds as well as strong shoulders.’

Origin

Old English nǣmel ‘quick to seize or comprehend’, related to niman ‘take’, of Germanic origin. The -b- was added for ease of pronunciation.

Pronunciation:

nimble

/ˈnɪmb(ə)l/