Definition of well-nigh in US English:



  • Almost.

    ‘a task that is well-nigh impossible’
    • ‘‘It is an uphill and well-nigh impossible task,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘It is well-nigh impossible to compare drivers of different eras, but Senna and Schumacher make the job slightly easier because they raced against each other - albeit for a very brief time.’
    • ‘Choosing a player of the century in any sport is usually well-nigh impossible.’
    • ‘It has become well-nigh impossible for many Scottish firms to renew their employers' liability cover.’
    • ‘He never wrote a paper without foot-notes, appendices, supplements, and the alterations and corrections in his proofs were such that the printers found their task well-nigh impossible.…’
    • ‘The sound becomes an acrid smog, a dull thudding headache, in which it is well-nigh impossible to distinguish the individual elements.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, but accurately predicting costs is well-nigh impossible… there are just too many variables.’
    • ‘However various experts agreed that there is lively cross-border movement of birds in Africa that is well-nigh impossible to monitor, and Hockey said there was an illegal trade in ornamental birds from south and east Asia.’
    • ‘He points out that in Bangalore, it is well-nigh impossible to get a hotel room.’
    • ‘I thought I understood what she was saying but I found it well-nigh impossible to believe.’
    • ‘The job provides a young conductor with the sort of working relationship and intimacy with all facets of a major orchestra that would be well-nigh impossible to achieve on a freelance basis.’
    • ‘But the Celbridge attack was finding it well-nigh impossible to break down their opponents' defence with the defence denying them even a single score from play throughout that second half.’
    • ‘It is meant to highlight the strengths of the province, however there are problems in the conception of the show that make this well-nigh impossible.’
    • ‘This presents the artist with a well-nigh impossible task.’
    almost, nearly, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, next to, close to, near, nigh on, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing
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/ˈwɛl ˈˌnaɪ//ˈwel ˈˌnī/