A family walking nigh to the water.
- The definition of nigh is close or direct.
An example of nigh used as an adjective is in the sentence, "Morning is nigh," which means that morning is near.
- Nigh is defined as near or close.
An example of nigh used as an adverb is in the phrase "walking nigh to the beach" which means walking near the beach.
- Archaic near in time, place, etc.
- Chiefly Dial. nearly; almost
Origin of nighMiddle English neih from Old English neah, akin to German nahe, Gothic nehw
- near; close
- on the left: said as of a draft animal
- Near in time, place, or relationship: Evening draws nigh.
- Nearly; almost: It is nigh impossible to get tickets now.
- Being near in time, place, or relationship; close: sick and nigh to death.
- a. Being on the left side of an animal or vehicle: pulling hard on the nigh rein.b. Being the animal or vehicle on the left: the nigh horse.
Origin of nighMiddle English neigh from Old English nēah, nēh
(comparative nigher or more nigh, superlative nighest or most nigh)
- (archaic, poetic) near, close by
- The end is nigh!
- Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
(third-person singular simple present nighs, present participle nighing, simple past and past participle nighed)
- Nigh is sometimes used as a combining form.
- near; close to
- When the Moon is horned ... is it not ever nigh the Sun?
Old English nÄ“ah, nÄ“h, from Proto-Germanic *nÄ“hw.