nigh Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective 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
adjective satellite 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
adverb 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
adverb (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
about; almost; most; near; nearly; well-nigh; virtually.
- 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
Not distant or remote in place or time; near.
The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. Prior.
Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate."Nigh kinsmen." Knolles.
Ye ... are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. ii. 13.
Syn. -- Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.
In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.
He was sick, nigh unto death. Phil. ii. 27.
He drew not nigh unheard; the angel bright, Ere he drew nigh, his radiant visage turned. Milton.
Almost; nearly; as, he was. nighdead
Nigh transitive verb & intransitive verb
To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.Obs. Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2).
Near to; not remote or distant from."was not this nigh shore?" Shak.