Definition of nigh in English:


adjective, adverb, & preposition

  • 1literary, archaic Near.

    [as adjective] ‘the end is nigh’
    [as adverb] ‘they drew nigh unto the city’
    near, adjacent, in close proximity, close at hand, near at hand
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  • 2Almost.

    [as adverb] ‘a car weighing nigh on two tons’
    well-nigh, almost, nearly, just about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, next to, close to, near, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing, about
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Old English nēh, nēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch na, German nah. Compare with near.