Definitions of nigh

  1. ( of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; ` near' is sometimes used informally for ` nearly' and ` most' is sometimes used informally for ` almost'; " 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"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. near in space or time
  5. Near.
  6. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.
  7. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
  8. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.
  9. Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead.
  10. To draw nigh ( to); to approach; to come near.
  11. Near to; not remote or distant from.
  12. Being near in time or place; as, the hour of his triumph is nigh; adjacent; closely related by blood or friendship; as, nigh relatives; on the left; as, the nigh horse.
  13. Nigher.
  14. Nighest.
  15. Near in time or place; as, they came nigh to us; close by; as, they live nigh here; almost; as, he was nigh starved.
  16. Near: not distant: not remote in time, etc.: close.
  17. Near: almost.
  18. Near to: not distant from.
  19. Near; not distant; not remote; closely allied.
  20. Near; not distant or remote in time or place; contiguous; closely allied by blood; close in fellowship.
  21. Near; almost close to.

Usage examples for nigh

  1. " I had well nigh forgot that," he said in an aside to Hugo. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  2. But, indeed, I know nothing or well- nigh nothing. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. " I heers tell," he began, " thet ther whole world, pretty nigh, air at war an' thet corn's goin' ter be wuth money enough, this crop, ter pay fer haulin' hit." – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  4. Men whose fortunes are well- nigh desperate, are of easy faith, and the conditions of this poor German Baron were accepted. – Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica by James Boswell
  5. She oughter know him certain an' shore; bekaze he's bin a- floppin' in an' out er this house ever' Sunday fer mighty nigh two year'. – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  6. It pretty nigh broke his heart to think she was running my house instead of his. – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  7. Not nigh the end. – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  8. God, if He is little regarded in peace, is hard to come nigh to in war. – Thoughts on religion at the front by Neville Stuart Talbot
  9. I's got a poun' cake a- cookin' in de oben an' I s'picion it nigh 'bout time ter take it out. – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  10. " He ain't nowher's nigh the sloop," responded Perkins. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  11. Somehow I lost nigh all o' mine, and I'm sufferin', dyin' for a drink. – A Victorious Union SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  12. My reply was that I would have nothing to do with it; so that now they are laughing at me, and I am so worried that I am well- nigh mad. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  13. I wants to slip out quiet so as Steve and th' old woman won't never know as I've been nigh. – Six Plays by Florence Henrietta Darwin
  14. They have been nigh two hours in conference. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  15. How should a, and him nigh drowned? – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  16. Likewise of Russia's drawing steadily nigh. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  17. Then draw nigh, all of you, to the walls and hear my decision. – The Strong Arm by Robert Barr
  18. Death is already drawing nigh. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  19. Cutting worked for me nigh onto a year. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White