near hand

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chiefly Scottish
: close by

near hand

2 of 3


chiefly Scottish
: close to : next to : near

near hand

3 of 3


chiefly Scottish

Word History


Adverb and Adjective

Middle English nerhand, nerehand, from ner, nere near + hand


Middle English nerhand, nerehand, from nerhand, nerehand, adverb

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“Near hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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