: almost, nearly
well-nigh impossible

Examples of well-nigh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In my book, Peter Seidler was a model citizen, a well-nigh heroic one. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 21 Nov. 2023

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First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Well-nigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-nigh. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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