Nigh meaning

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.

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Nearly; almost.

It is nigh impossible to get tickets now.

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Near; close.
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On the left.
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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.

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Near in time, place, or relationship.

Evening draws nigh.

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(archaic) Near; near to.
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(archaic, poetic) Near, close by.

The end is nigh!

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Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
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To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.

Night is nighing, death is nighing.

Nighing his hour.

A death-nighing moan.

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Achieving the summit in a single day is, well, nigh impossible.

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Near; close to.

When the Moon is horned ... is it not ever nigh the Sun?

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Being near in time, place, or relationship; close.

Sick and nigh to death.

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Not far from; near.
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(archaic) Near in time, place, etc.
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(chiefly dial.) Nearly; almost.
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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.

    From Wiktionary