nigh

adverb
\ ˈnī How to pronounce nigh (audio) \

Definition of nigh

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : near in place, time, or relationship Morning was drawing nigh. often used with on, onto, or unto served … for nigh on forty years— M. S. Tisdale
2 : nearly, almost … once well nigh broke his neck, by a fall from one of its branches.— Washington Irving

nigh

adjective

Definition of nigh (Entry 2 of 4)

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

Definition of nigh (Entry 3 of 4)

: near

nigh

verb
nighed; nighing; nighs

Definition of nigh (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to draw or come near to : approach

intransitive verb

: to draw near

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nigh

Synonyms: Adverb

around, by, close, hard, in, near, nearby

Synonyms: Adjective

close, close-up, immediate, near, nearby, neighboring, next-door, proximate

Synonyms: Preposition

about, around, by, near, next to

Synonyms: Verb

approach, belly up, close, close in, come up, draw on, near

Antonyms: Adjective

away, deep, distant, far, faraway, far-off, remote

Antonyms: Verb

back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

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Examples of nigh in a Sentence

Adverb

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

Preposition

a field nigh the church

Verb

as the hour of his death was nighing as the old man was nighing his hour of death
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But at the same time, despite what the doomsayers say, the information apocalypse is not quite nigh. James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 Reese Witherspoon's recent Instagram post teases that the show's return is indeed nigh. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 2019 Killing the electoral college by conventional means would involve passing a nationwide constitutional amendment or convening a Constitutional convention, both nigh-on impossible tasks. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Connecticut Joins Effort to Overturn Electoral College," 6 May 2018 Universa’s typical client suspects that the end may be nigh but wants to stay fully invested anyway. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Triumph of the Market Pessimists," 21 Sep. 2018 While some headset elements receive high repairability marks, iFixit mostly condemns the expensive, developer-minded device for its aggressive adhesives, strangely bolted cord, and nigh-unreplaceable battery. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iFixit dissects the $2,299 Magic Leap One so you don’t have to," 23 Aug. 2018 To wit: The stakes are high, the end is nigh and people die. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Avengers: Infinity War': a rousing Marvel mash-up, or a truly epic tease?," 24 Apr. 2018 For nearly a decade, Drew Pearce has quietly helped make some of your favorite movies happen in nigh-anonymity. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The Hotel Artemis Director Thinks We've Been Doing Sequels All Wrong," 13 June 2018 Many of the 653 pitchers taken in the June Major League Baseball draft will have their own watershed moment where the end seems nigh. Ray Glier, USA TODAY, "Ups and downs of minor league bullpens," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Well, well, well, Aries, looks like your time is nigh and Taurus season is upon us imminently. Allure, "Bite Beauty's Astrology Lipstick for Leo Is an Attention-Grabbing Glittery Gold," 19 July 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018 While Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash 14 years later, the end wasn't exactly nigh for the entire planet. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nigh

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for nigh

Adverb, Adjective, Preposition, and Verb

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

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The first known use of nigh was before the 12th century

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nigh

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of nigh

old-fashioned + literary
: close in time or place
: almost or nearly

nigh

adverb
\ ˈnī How to pronounce nigh (audio) \

Kids Definition of nigh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

nigh

adjective

Kids Definition of nigh (Entry 2 of 2)

: close entry 3 sense 1, near I wandered in the woods nigh home.

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