One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the little girl was as agile as a monkey’
nimble, lithe, spry, supple, limber, sprightly, acrobatic, dexterous, deft, willowy, graceful, light-footed, nimble-footed, light on one's feet, fleet-footed
active, fit, in good condition
lively, vigorous, quick-moving
informal nippy, twinkle-toed
literary fleet, lightsome
2‘his agile mind was forever seeking new ways of conserving energy’
alert, sharp, acute, clever, shrewd, astute, intelligent, quick-witted, perceptive, penetrating, piercing, active, nimble, quick off the mark, finely honed, rapier-like
informal smart, on the ball
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