From Middle English nimen (“to take”), from Old English niman (“to take”), from Proto-Germanic *nemaną (“to take”), from Proto-Indo-European *nem- (“to give or take one's due”). Cognate with West Frisian nimme (“to take”), Low German nehmen (“to take”), Dutch nemen (“to take”), German nehmen (“to take”), Danish nemme (“to learn, grasp”). Related to numb, nimble.
nim (third-person singular simple present nims, present participle nimming, simple past nimmed or nam, past participle nimmed or nomen or num or numb)
- (obsolete, transitive) To take (in all senses); to seize.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To take one's way; to go.
- (archaic, slang, transitive) To filch, steal.
- (intransitive, Britain dialectal) To walk with short, quick strides; trip along.
- A game in which players take turns removing objects from heaps.
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