nigh

adverb
\ˈnī \

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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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

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 That gift may come as small comfort against the growing creakiness of joints and the still-mounting probability that the end is nigh. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Can humans reach even older age? We haven't maxed out yet, some scientists say," 28 June 2018 The North Africans appeared the hungrier of the sides in the second half and an aerial ball from deep in the 49th minute well-nigh set Moubarak Boussoufa up with a goal. SI.com, "Spain 2-2 Morocco: Late Drama Sees La Roja Top Group B After Falling Behind Twice," 25 June 2018 Republican congressman Steve Scalise responded to Waters with a vapid, tut-tutting bromide hinting that the end of the republic, should her stance gain traction, is nigh. Jay Willis, GQ, "Public Shaming Is Powerful," 25 June 2018 Trump is not incapacitated by brain damage; but he is debilitated by nigh-superhuman sloth and incuriosity. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Briefing Book Includes ‘Screen Grabs of Cable-News Chyrons’," 8 June 2018 Unfortunately, the last update this model received from Apple was all the way back in 2014, and the refresh made the poor Mini slower in some configurations and nigh impossible to upgrade in all of them. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "The Best Mac Alternatives," 13 June 2018 As the crowd watched in silence, and military members rendered salute, Daley held the final note before bringing the bugle call to an end: All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "'Super humbling.' Army bugler relishes her part in NASCAR's military tribute. | Charlotte Observer," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 After disabling those automatic scalers, the game rendered far more sharply but also became a stuttering, nigh unplayable mess. Kyle Orland And Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "HTC Vive Pro review: Eye-popping VR, with a price that’s a little too real," 3 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

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

Adjective

see nigh entry 1

Preposition

see nigh entry 1

Verb

see nigh entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near nigh

niggling

niggly

niggun

nigh

nigh-hand

nighly

nighness

Phrases Related to nigh

draw near/nigh

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More Definitions for nigh

nigh

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of nigh

: close in time or place

: almost or nearly

nigh

adverb
\ˈnī \

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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