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nigh

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adverb \ˈnī\

Simple Definition of nigh

  • : close in time or place

  • : almost or nearly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nigh

  1. 1 :  near in place, time, or relationship —often used with on, onto, or unto

  2. 2 :  nearly, almost

Examples of nigh in a sentence

  1. The snow is melting. Spring is nigh.

  2. It would be nigh impossible to fix it.



Origin and Etymology of nigh

Middle English, from Old English nēah; akin to Old High German nāh, adverb, nigh, preposition, nigh, after, Old Norse nā- nigh


First Known Use: before 12th century


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nigh

adjective

Definition of nigh

  1. 1 :  close, near

  2. 2 chiefly dialect :  direct, short

  3. 3 :  being on the left side <the nigh horse>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of nigh

before 12th century

Other Dialect Terms


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nigh

preposition

Definition of nigh

  1. :  near



Examples of nigh in a sentence

  1. <a field nigh the church>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of nigh

before 12th century


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nigh

verb

Definition of nigh

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to draw or come near to :  approach

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to draw near



Examples of nigh in a sentence

  1. <as the hour of his death was nighing>

  2. <as the old man was nighing his hour of death>



13th Century

First Known Use of nigh

13th century



NIGH Defined for Kids

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nigh

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adverb \ˈnī\

Definition of nigh for Students

  1. 1 :  near in time or place <Autumn is nigh.> <I drew nigh and planted the kitten on the table … — Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago>

  2. 2 :  almost, nearly <It was nigh impossible to hear them.>




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nigh

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adjective

Definition of nigh for Students

  1. :  3close 1, near <I wandered in the woods nigh home.>




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