Adjective "nimble" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Quick and light in movement or action; agile.
  1. 'The design was supposed to be an improvement on the VX with the same sink rate, but a lighter, more nimble glider.'
  2. 'Julius disagreed, pointing out how nimble and light mice were, especially the young ones, and suggested that peanut butter would produce better results.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Her nimble, agile body tense and ready, she pressed her feet into Jeff's shoulders.'
  5. 'His job as a computer technician meant that he had nimble, quick hands and long lean fingers.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'He exuded class, confidence and style and for a heavily-built man was very agile and nimble.'
  8. 'However, the Astra is such an agile and nimble car that you may very well avoid an accident altogether.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'The figure continued making his way down the house by grabbing appropriate ledges, and footholds from the balcony in a nimble movement.'
  11. 'her mind was so nimble and she was so quick to learn'
  12. '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.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'It'll take nimble minds as well as strong shoulders.'
  15. 'And let's not forget a nimble mind's required to go along with the dexterity.'
  16. '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.'
  17. '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’.'


1. quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.

2. quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.

3. cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.

More examples(as adjective)

"profoundlies can be nimble in adaptings."

"people can be nimble on pins."

"people can be nimble of hands."

"people can be nimble of feet."

"people can be nimble in mohairs."

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