An example of nigh used as an adverb is in the phrase "walking nigh to the beach" which means walking near the beach.
It is nigh impossible to get tickets now.
An example of nigh used as an adjective is in the sentence, "Morning is nigh," which means that morning is near.
Evening draws nigh.
Sick and nigh to death.
Origin of nigh
- Middle English neigh from Old English nēah, nēh
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English nēah, nēh, from Proto-Germanic *nēhw.