[syn: agile, nimble]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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;
Through the mid seas the nimble pinnace sails. --Pope.
Note: Nimble is sometimes used in the formation of
self-explaining compounds; as, nimble-footed,
nimble-pinioned, nimble-winged, etc.
Nimble Will (Bot.), a slender, branching, American grass
(Muhlenbergia diffusa), of some repute for grazing
purposes in the Mississippi valley.
Syn: Agile; quick; active; brisk; lively; prompt.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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, nimble,
2: mentally quick; "an agile mind"; "nimble wits" [syn: agile,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
98 Moby Thesaurus words for "nimble":
active, acute, adroit, agile, alacritous, alert, alive, apt,
attentive, awake, brainy, breakneck, bright, brilliant, brisk,
catty, clever, coruscating, dashing, deft, dexterous, dispatchful,
double-quick, eagle-winged, energetic, expeditious, express, fast,
featly, fleet, flying, galloping, gifted, graceful, hair-trigger,
handy, hasty, headlong, hustling, intelligent, keen, keen-witted,
light, light of heel, light-footed, lightsome, limber, lithe,
lively, mercurial, neat-fingered, neat-handed, nimble-footed,
nimble-witted, no dumbbell, not born yesterday, on the,
on the alert, on the ball, on the job, peart, precipitate, prompt,
qui vive, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought,
quick-thinking, quick-witted, rapid, ready, reckless, running,
scintillating, sharp, sharp-witted, sleepless, smart, snappy,
spanking, sparkling, speedy, sprightly, spry, steel-trap,
sure-footed, swift, talented, unblinking, unnodding, unsleeping,
unwinking, vigilant, wakeful, watchful, wide-awake, winged,