nigh ADVERB , PREPOSITION , & ADJECTIVE archaic near.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • Nigh — (n[imac]), a. [Compar. {Nigher} (n[imac] [ e]r); superl. {Nighest}, or {Next} (n[e^]kst).] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. ne[ a]h, n[=e]h; akin to D. na, adv., OS. n[=a]h, a., OHG. n[=a]h, G. nah, a., nach to, after, Icel. n[=a] (in comp.) nigh,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nigh — Nigh, adv. [AS. ne[ a]h, n[=e]h. See {Nigh}, a.] 1. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near. [1913 Webster] He was sick, nigh unto death. Phil. ii. 27. [1913 Webster] He drew not nigh unheard; the angel bright, Ere… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nigh — is a surname, and may refer to: George Nigh, Governor of Oklahoma Jane Nigh, American actress William Nigh, American film director, writer, and actor This page or section lists people with the surname Nigh. If an …   Wikipedia

  • nigh — [naı] adv [: Old English; Origin: neah] 1.) nigh on old fashioned almost ▪ There were nigh on 40 people there. 2.) literary near or soon ▪ Winter draws nigh (=will start soon) . →↑well nigh …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nigh — [ naı ] adverb be/draw nigh LITERARY to be going to happen soon: The end of the world is nigh! nigh on something OLD FASHIONED almost: NEARLY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Nigh — Nigh, v. t. & i. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near. [Obs.] Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nigh — Nigh, prep. Near to; not remote or distant from. was not this nigh shore? Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nigh — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: George Nigh (* 1927), ehemaliger US amerikanischer Politiker William Nigh (1881–1955), US amerikanischer Regisseur und Schauspieler Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidu …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • nigh — (adv.) near, O.E. neah (W.Saxon), neh (Anglian), common Germanic (Cf. O.S. nah, O.Fris. nei, M.Du., Du. na, O.H.G. nah, Ger. nah, Goth. nehwa), with no cognates outside Germanic. The Old English progression was neah near niehsta, for nigh near… …   Etymology dictionary

  • nigh — nigh·ly; nigh·ness; nigh; …   English syllables

  • nigh on — Almost, nearly • • • Main Entry: ↑nigh …   Useful english dictionary

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