AskDefine | Define agile

Dictionary Definition

agile 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: nimble, quick, spry]
2 mentally quick; "an agile mind"; "nimble wits" [syn: nimble]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

French agile, Latin agilis, from agere, "to act", "to move". See agent.

Pronunciation

IPA: WEAE /ˈæʤ.aɪl/
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Adjective

  1. Having the faculty of quick motion in the limbs; apt or ready to move; nimble; active; as, an agile boy; an agile tongue.

Quotations

The man drew out paper and tobacco and twirled the one up in the other with surprising dexterity. He had long, quivering fingers as agile and restless as the antennae of an insect. — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles

Translations

Having the faculty of quick motion in the limbs

Derived terms

Italian

Adjective

  1. agile, nimble

Extensive Definition

Agile can refer to:
agile in French: Agile

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

active, acute, adroit, alacritous, alert, alive, attentive, awake, breakneck, bright, brisk, catty, dashing, deft, dexterous, dextrous, dispatchful, double-quick, eagle-winged, expeditious, express, fast, featly, fleet, flying, galloping, graceful, hair-trigger, hasty, headlong, hustling, keen, light, light of heel, light-footed, limber, lissome, lithe, lively, mercurial, neat-fingered, neat-handed, nimble, nimble-footed, on the, on the alert, on the ball, on the job, peart, precipitate, prompt, qui vive, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, rapid, ready, reckless, resourceful, running, sharp, sleepless, smart, snappy, spanking, speedy, sprightly, spry, supple, sure-footed, swift, tripping, unblinking, unnodding, unsleeping, unwinking, volant, wakeful, wide-awake, winged, zippy
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