AskDefine | Define nimble

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nimble adj
1 moving quickly and lightly; "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it" [syn: agile, quick, spry]
2 mentally quick; "an agile mind"; "nimble wits" [syn: agile]

User Contributed Dictionary



From 'quick to seize or comprehend'.



  1. Quick and light in movement or action.
    He was too nimble for the assailant and easily escaped his grasp.
  2. Quick-witted and alert.
    She has a nimble mind and can improvise in any situation.


quick and light in movement or action
  • Hungarian: fürge, hajlékony, gyors
  • Portuguese: ágil
quick-witted and alert

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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