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The state or quality of being agile; nimbleness.

[Middle English agilite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin agilitās, from Latin agilis; see agile.]


(əˈdʒɪl ɪ ti)

1. the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness: exercises demanding agility.
2. the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity: mental agility.
[1375–1425; late Middle English agilite < Middle French < Latin agilitās. See agile, -ity]




  1. (A small, shrivelled old man … ) agile and quick like one of those whiskered little monkeys at the Zoo —Aldous Huxley
  2. Agile as a fish —William Humphrey
  3. Agile as a monkey —Alexandre Dumas, père
  4. Agile as squirrels —Luigi Pirandello
  5. (Moved) as lightly as a bubble —Hans Christian Andersen
  6. As nimble as a cow in a cage —Thomas Fuller
  7. Deft as spiders’ catenation —C. S. Lewis
  8. Frisky and graceful as young lambs at play —George Garrett
  9. Graceful as joy —Babette Deutsch
  10. Graceful as a panther —Raymond Chandler
  11. Graceful as a premire danseuse —Natascha Wodin
  12. Graceful as a Stillson wrench —Diane Wakoski
  13. Graceful as the swallow’s flight —Julian Grenfell
  14. Graceful figure … which was as tough as hickory and as flexible as a whip —Thomas Wolfe
  15. He could leap like a grasshopper and melt into the tree-tops like a monkey —G. K. Chesterton
  16. Light-footed as a dancer waiting in the wings —Vita Sackville-West
  17. (Her tiny body as) limber as a grass —Jean Stafford
  18. Lithe as a swan —Richard Ford
  19. Lithe as a whip —Raymond Chandler
  20. Nimble as a cat —Anon

    Herman Melville used this to begin chapter 68 of Moby Dick but it probably dates back well before that.

  21. Nimble as a deer —Geoffrey Chaucer
  22. Quick as a wrestler —Edward Hoagland
  23. Sprang [out of his bed] like a mastiff —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  24. Springy as a trampoline —Marge Piercy
  25. Spry as a yearling —Eugene O’Neill
  26. Step as elastic as a cat’s —Jo Bannister
  27. Supple as a cat —Irwin Shaw

    This is a variation of the often used “Agile as a cat” and “Agile as a cat, and just as sly.”

  28. Supple as a red fox —Maxine Kumin
  29. Swift and light as a wild cat —D. H. Lawrence
  30. There was something breath-taking in the grace of his big body which made his very entrance into a room like an abrupt physical impact —Margaret Mitchell

    Mitchell is describing Rhett Buttler, the hero of her epic Gone With the Wind.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agility - the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimbleagility - the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
gracefulness - beautiful carriage


2. acuteness, sharpness, alertness, cleverness, quickness, liveliness, promptness, quick-wittedness, promptitude His intellect and mental agility have never been in doubt.


The quality or state of being mentally agile:
رَشَاقَة، سُرْعَة الحَرَكَة
fimleiki, snerpa


[əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ] Nagilidad f


[əˈdʒɪlɪti] n
(physical)agilité f
(mental)agilité f
mental agility → agilité f mentale


n (of person)Agilität f, → Beweglichkeit f, → Wendigkeit f; (of thinker)Beweglichkeit f, → Wendigkeit f; (of body, movements)Gelenkigkeit f, → Geschmeidigkeit f; (of animal)Flinkheit f, → Behändigkeit f


[əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ] nagilitàf inv


(ˈӕdʒail) adjective
able to move quickly and easily. The antelope is very agile.
aˈgility (-ˈdʒi-) noun
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Amy and her Pole distinguished themselves by equal enthusiasm but more graceful agility, and Laurie found himself involuntarily keeping time to the rhythmic rise and fall of the white slippers as they flew by as indefatigably as if winged.
One brought his flute and another his violin, while there were some who sang and a number who performed upon the piano with various degrees of taste and agility.
Walking up last to the boy, he felt of his arms, straightened his hands, and looked at his fingers, and made him jump, to show his agility.
In summer Miss Catherine delighted to climb along these trunks, and sit in the branches, swinging twenty feet above the ground; and I, pleased with her agility and her light, childish heart, still considered it proper to scold every time I caught her at such an elevation, but so that she knew there was no necessity for descending.
Similarly, during two or three hours of drawl, and the winnowing of many bushels of words, Madame Defarge's frequent expressions of impatience were taken up, with marvellous quickness, at a distance: the more readily, because certain men who had by some wonderful exercise of agility climbed up the external architecture to look in from the windows, knew Madame Defarge well, and acted as a telegraph between her and the crowd outside the building.
cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk, with wonderful agility.
Thus assisted, she skipped down with much agility, and began to tie her double chin into her bonnet.
The masterly horsemanship of the Disinherited Knight, and the activity of the noble animal which he mounted, enabled him for a few minutes to keep at sword's point his three antagonists, turning and wheeling with the agility of a hawk upon the wing, keeping his enemies as far separate as he could, and rushing now against the one, now against the other, dealing sweeping blows with his sword, without waiting to receive those which were aimed at him in return.
Whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out the longest in leaping and creeping, is rewarded with the blue-coloured silk; the red is given to the next, and the green to the third, which they all wear girt twice round about the middle; and you see few great persons about this court who are not adorned with one of these girdles.
Chattering meanwhile in a language we could not understand, and clutching at ropes and gangways, they swarmed up the ship's side with such speed and agility that they almost seemed to fly.
An attendant who was on foot, seeing the encamisado fall, began to abuse Don Quixote, who now moved to anger, without any more ado, laying his lance in rest charged one of the men in mourning and brought him badly wounded to the ground, and as he wheeled round upon the others the agility with which he attacked and routed them was a sight to see, for it seemed just as if wings had that instant grown upon Rocinante, so lightly and proudly did he bear himself.
Doubling in and out among the underbrush and heather with the agility of a hare, he soon came out of the wood in the rear of the cottage, and thrust his head through a tiny window.