Agile



quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe:
an agile leap.
active; lively:
an agile person.
marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware:
She’s 95 and still very agile.
Contemporary Examples

Gingrich is a strong debater, agile enough even to turn a question about past marital infidelity into an applause line.
Mitt Romney Faces High Stakes in NBC Debate With Surging Newt Gingrich Howard Kurtz January 22, 2012

His silhouettes, which so often make a woman appear aerodynamic and agile, this season left her looking grounded and sluggish.
Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten Kick Off Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week Robin Givhan February 29, 2012

Instead, renegade Newt threw haymakers at also-rans like Michele Bachmann, but was still smart and agile enough to come out ahead.
Paul Begala: Newt Obliterates the Competition in Saturday’s Debate Paul Begala December 10, 2011

The art and branding ventures during Art Basel were less financially humongous, but agile and ambitious.
Art and High Commerce Anthony Haden-Guest December 9, 2009

But like the organization he now runs, he is agile and adaptive.
Bin Laden’s Replacement Bruce Riedel June 15, 2011

Historical Examples

With a spring agile as a panthers he threw himself against the door.
The Gray Phantom’s Return Herman Landon

In stature he was about five feet eleven inches, and was apparently as agile as a leopard.
Ridgeway Scian Dubh

It used to be very agile, if light, but it was not agile now.
A Pair of Patient Lovers William Dean Howells

The performers had been as agile then as now; but their agility had been free from any danger of a tumble.
The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray

An agile boy, armed with a lantern, climbed each tree, and explored even the topmost branches.
Monsieur Lecoq, v.1 Emile Gaboriau

adjective
quick in movement; nimble
mentally quick or acute
adj.

1580s, from Middle French agile (14c.) and directly from Latin agilis “nimble, quick,” from agere “to move, drive” (see act (n.)). Related: Agilely.

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