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

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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 There were times when his demeanor was nigh unto being soft and timid, sweet even. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 June 2021 And because of the algorithmically shaped For You page, maintaining a curated viewing experience on TikTok is nigh impossible, which means TikTok creators tend to work more improvisationally. New York Times, 8 July 2021 But instead, many Democrats have convinced themselves that the end is nigh. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 24 June 2021 Robinson was nigh unbeatable at welterweight (147 pounds) and middleweight (160 pounds), losing just once in his first 131 professional fights. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 24 June 2021 Morgan’s words, over the magical walkie talkies, telling everyone that the end is nigh. Erik Kain, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The end of the pandemic may be nigh as more than half of adults across 25 states are fully vaccinated, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 One of the benefits of practicing estate and trust litigation in Texas for nigh-on four decades is that few things surprise me anymore. Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2021 Once again, the political left claimed the end of the black franchise was nigh. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On its Instagram, hypnotic video loops of cheese and consome sizzling on a flat-top grill showcase a nigh-pornographic attention to detail and stimulate the appetite. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 22 Oct. 2020 In the 1990s, cops began encouraging the homeless to settle on this abandoned stretch of land, and others soon joined them to take advantage of the nigh-lawless space. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Well, well, well, Aries, looks like your time is nigh and Taurus season is upon us imminently. Allure, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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26 Jul 2021

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“Nigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nigh. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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