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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.]
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(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]
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  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.

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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
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2. acuteness, sharpness, alertness, cleverness, quickness, liveliness, promptness, quick-wittedness, promptitude His intellect and mental agility have never been in doubt.
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The quality or state of being mentally agile:
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رَشَاقَة، سُرْعَة الحَرَكَة
fimleiki, snerpa


[əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ] Nagilidad f
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[əˈdʒɪlɪti] n
(physical)agilité f
(mental)agilité f
mental agility → agilité f mentale
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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
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[əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ] nagilitàf inv
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(ˈӕdʒail) adjective
able to move quickly and easily. The antelope is very agile.
aˈgility (-ˈdʒi-) noun
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References in classic literature ?
Akut, startled by the sudden rush from his rear, and following hoary instinct, was in the tree beside the girl with an agility little short of marvelous in so heavy a beast.
The plant man was well muscled, heavy, and powerful but my earthly sinews and greater agility, in conjunction with the deathly strangle hold I had upon him, would have given me, I think, an eventual victory had we had time to discuss the merits of our relative prowess uninterrupted.
So much had his great strength and agility increased in the period following his maturity that he had come to believe that he might master the redoubtable Terkoz in a hand to hand fight were it not for the terrible advantage the anthropoid's huge fighting fangs gave him over the poorly armed Tarzan.
Then with no less fear and delight they saw how the young count, red in the face and with bloodshot eyes, dragged Mitenka out by the scruff of the neck and applied his foot and knee to him behind with great agility at convenient moments between the words, shouting, "Be off!
The strength, agility, and blind ferocity of these two creatures is approached by nothing known to earthly man.
And although a complete proof of this latter cannot be shown, nevertheless there was some evidence of it at the battle of Ravenna, when the Spanish infantry were confronted by German battalions, who follow the same tactics as the Swiss; when the Spaniards, by agility of body and with the aid of their shields, got in under the pikes of the Germans and stood out of danger, able to attack, while the Germans stood helpless, and, if the cavalry had not dashed up, all would have been over with them.
The sudden, spontaneous agility with which he bounded aboard right off the rail afforded me the first glimpse of his real character.
Her limbs were indeed full of strength and agility, and, as her mind was no less animated with spirit, she was perfectly able to keep pace with her nimble lover.
With the sudden, free, spontaneous agility of a young animal she leaped off the sofa, leaving her slippers behind, and in one bound reached almost the middle of the room.
Twice at least I saved my breast from the mortal thrust of piercing steel only by the wondrous agility with which my earthly muscles endow me under the conditions of lesser gravity and air pressure upon Mars.
Its enormous bulk rendered it too slow upon its feet to cope with the agility of my young muscles, and so I was enabled to dodge out of its way and run completely behind it before its slow wits could direct it in pursuit.
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. The Ratignolles' soirees musicales were widely known, and it was considered a privilege to be invited to them.