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nigh

adverb \ ˈnī \

Definition of nigh

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

Examples of nigh in a Sentence

  1. The snow is melting. Spring is nigh.

  2. It would be nigh impossible to fix it.

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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


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nigh

adjective

Definition of nigh

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

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Origin and Etymology of nigh

see 1nigh

Other Dialect Terms


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nigh

preposition

Definition of nigh

:near

Examples of nigh in a Sentence

  1. a field nigh the church

Origin and Etymology of nigh

see 1nigh

nigh Synonyms

Synonyms
about, by, near, next to, around
Related Words
alongside, beside; across, along, at; circa; toward (or towards)

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nigh

verb

Definition of nigh

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

Origin and Etymology of nigh

see 1nigh

nigh Synonyms

Synonyms
belly up, close, close in, come up, draw on, near, approach
Antonyms
back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
Related Words
arrive, attain, come, gain, hit, land, make, reach, show up, turn up, waltz up; creep up, sneak up; adjoin, border, touch, verge
Near Antonyms
clear out, depart, exit, go, leave, light out, pull out, quit, remove, run away, shove (off), take off, walk out


NIGH Defined for English Language Learners

nigh

adverb

Definition of nigh for English Language Learners

  • : close in time or place

  • : almost or nearly


NIGH Defined for Kids

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nigh

adverb \ ˈnī \

Definition of nigh for Students

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.

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nigh

adjective

Definition of nigh for Students

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


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