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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 ?
Had you stepped on board the Pequod at a certain juncture of this post-mortemizing of the whale; and had you strolled forward nigh the windlass, pretty sure am I that you would have scanned with no small curiosity a very strange, enigmatical object, which you would have seen there, lying along lengthwise in the lee scuppers.
In thoroughfares nigh the docks, any considerable seaport will frequently offer to view the queerest looking nondescripts from foreign parts.
Elsewhere match that bloom of theirs, ye cannot, save in Salem, where they tell me the young girls breathe such musk, their sailor sweethearts smell them miles off shore, as though they were drawing nigh the odorous Moluccas instead of the Puritanic sands.
And he who liveth nigh unto them liveth nigh unto black pools, wherein the toad singeth his song with sweet gravity.
Hath he not a mill over beyond Nottingham Town, nigh to the Salisbury road?
Esther buried herself in the wagon which contained her daughters; the young men took their customary places among the cattle, or nigh the teams, and the whole proceeded, at their ordinary, dull, but unremitted gait.
Nigh coming on, the ship stood out to sea, and every heart drooped as the land faded away.
They're pretty nigh all one, and they're not far off being even wi' the law,
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.
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.
Now I refrain from raising hand or voice to Porthos because his great heart is nigh to breaking if he so much as suspects that all is not well between him and me, and having struck him once some years ago never can I forget the shudder which passed through him when he saw it was I who had struck, and I shall strike him, ma'am, no more.
The tribe, or rather half tribe, of Delawares, which has been so often mentioned, and whose present place of encampment was so nigh the temporary village of the Hurons, could assemble about an equal number of warriors with the latter people.