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1nigh

adverb \ˈnī\

: close in time or place

: almost or nearly

Full Definition of NIGH

1
:  near in place, time, or relationship —often used with on, onto, or unto
2
:  nearly, almost
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Examples of NIGH

  1. The snow is melting. Spring is nigh.
  2. It would be nigh impossible to fix it.

Origin 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

Rhymes with NIGH

2nigh

adjective

Definition of NIGH

1
:  close, near
2
chiefly dialect :  direct, short
3
:  being on the left side <the nigh horse>

First Known Use of NIGH

before 12th century

Other Dialect Terms

bespoke, boughten, lave, muchacho, spunk, thunk, toboggan

3nigh

preposition

Definition of NIGH

:  near

Examples of NIGH

  1. <a field nigh the church>

First Known Use of NIGH

before 12th century

Related to NIGH

4nigh

verb

Definition of NIGH

transitive verb
:  to draw or come near to :  approach
intransitive verb
:  to draw near

Examples of NIGH

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

First Known Use of NIGH

13th century
NIGHER Defined for Kids

1nigh

adverb \ˈnī\

Definition of NIGH for Kids

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

2nigh

adjective

Definition of NIGH for Kids

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

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