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nigh

 (nī)
adv. nigh·er, nigh·est
1. Near in time, place, or relationship: Evening draws nigh.
2. Nearly; almost: It is nigh impossible to get tickets now.
adj. nigher, nighest
1. Being near in time, place, or relationship; close: sick and nigh to death.
2.
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.
prep.
Not far from; near.

[Middle English neigh, from Old English nēah, nēh.]

nigh

(naɪ)
adj, adv, prep
an archaic, poetic, or dialect word for near
[Old English nēah, nēh; related to German nah, Old Frisian nei. Compare near, next]

nigh

(naɪ)

adv., adj. nigh•er, nigh•est,
prep., v. adv.
1. near in space, time, or relation.
2. nearly; almost (often fol. by on or onto).
adj.
3. near; approaching.
4. short or direct.
5. (of an animal or vehicle) being on the left side.
prep.
6. near.
v.i., v.t.
7. Archaic. approach.
[before 900; Middle English nigh(e), neye, Old English nēah, nēh, c. Old Frisian nēi, nī, Old Saxon, Old High German nāh (German nahe), Old Norse nā-, Gothic nehwa; compare near, next]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nigh - not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call"
2.nigh - being on the left side; "the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side"
left - being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north; "my left hand"; "left center field"; "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"
Adv.1.nigh - near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire"
2.nigh - (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees"

nigh

adverb
1. almost, about, nearly, close to, practically, approximately Accurate earthquake prediction is well nigh impossible.
adjective
1. near, next, close, imminent, impending, at hand, upcoming The end of the world is nigh.

nigh

adverb
To a point near in time, space, or relation:
adjective
Translations
كلِمَة قديمَه بِمَعْنى: قَريب
blízko
nær
nálægur, nærri
tuvutuvumā

nigh

(o.f.) [naɪ] (liter)
A. ADJ (= imminent) → próximo, cercano
the end is nighel final se avecina or está muy próximo
B. ADV
1. (= near) → cerca
when winter draws nighcuando se acerca el invierno
2. nigh on (= nearly) → casi
it's nigh on finishedestá casi terminado

nigh

adj (old, liter)nahe; the end (of the world) is nighdas Ende der Welt ist nah
adv
(old, liter) to draw nighsich nahen (old, geh) (→ to +dat)
nigh onnahezu (geh); well nigh impossiblenahezu unmöglich
prep (old, liter)nahe (+dat)

nigh

[naɪ] (old)
1. adv
a. (close) → prossimo/a, vicino/a
b. well nigh (virtually) → praticamente
it's well nigh impossible → è praticamente impossibile
2. prep nigh on (nearly) → quasi
he is nigh on forty → ha quasi quarant'anni

nigh

(nai) adverb
an old word for near.
ˈwell-nigh
nearly; almost. It was well-nigh midnight when he arrived.
References in classic literature ?
Laurie, who is in one of his tantrums about something, which vexes the old gentleman, so I dursn't go nigh him.
The simple admirer of the war-horse instantly fell back to a low, gaunt, switch-tailed mare, that was unconsciously gleaning the faded herbage of the camp nigh by; where, leaning with one elbow on the blanket that concealed an apology for a saddle, he became a spectator of the departure, while a foal was quietly making its morning repast, on the opposite side of the same animal.
He means all right, but he's picked up so much slang here that he's about forgotten how to talk English, and it's nigh on to four years since he's met a young lady.
She was very pretty; as graceful as a bird, and graceful much in the same way; as pleasant about the house as a gleam of sunshine falling on the floor through a shadow of twinkling leaves, or as a ray of firelight that dances on the wall while evening is drawing nigh.
Children, too young to comprehend wherefore this woman should be shut out from the sphere of human charities, would creep nigh enough to behold her plying her needle at the cottage-window, or standing in the doorway, or labouring in her little garden, or coming forth along the pathway that led townward, and, discerning the scarlet letter on her breast, would scamper off with a strange contagious fear.
They must get just as nigh the water as they possibly can without falling in.
All them steans, holdin' up their heads as well as they can out of their pride, is acant, simply tumblin' down with the weight o' the lies wrote on them, `Here lies the body' or `Sacred to the memory' wrote on all of them, an' yet in nigh half of them there bean't no bodies at all, an' the memories of them bean't cared a pinch of snuff about, much less sacred.
He looked wistfully after her figure, and when the door closed on the whole party, he laid himself in a kennel that was placed nigh by, as if conscious that the house contained some thing of additional value to guard.
But while he was seeking with thimbles and care, A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair, For he knew it was useless to fly.
Nigh coming on, the ship stood out to sea, and every heart drooped as the land faded away.
Now come I, forsooth, from good Banbury Town," said the jolly Tinker, "and no one nigh Nottingham--nor Sherwood either, an that be the mark-- can hold cudgel with my grip.
talk, they drew nigh to a very miry slough, that was in the